So you want to work in… cyber security

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

Within cyber security, there are many different roles covering a range of specialist disciplines. Therefore, when applying for a job in this field, it’s important to thoroughly read the job description to ensure the role suits your skill set and interests. Jobs in cyber security are, however, very much interlinked, meaning good teamwork and communication skills are essential.

So, what could you expect to do on a day-to-day basis as a cyber security professional? Many jobs will involve supporting the front line defence networks and implementing security measures to protect data from unauthorised access and violations. However, others can be focused around carrying out tests to expose security weaknesses or investigating cyber-crime.

Not only is it a multi-faceted specialism, but you could also find yourself working in numerous industries, including everything from finance to defence. If you think a career in cyber security sounds like something you’d be interested in, take a look at the information below to find out how to take your first steps.

What qualifications would I need?

You can begin your career in cyber security by learning on the job and working your way up, or by taking a relevant degree course at university. If you’re looking to take the university route, the following subjects will put you on the right track:

  • IT
  • Computer science
  • Cyber security
  • Networks and security
  • Network engineering
  • Forensic computing
  • Maths, physics and other STEM subjects

Alternatively, if you currently work in IT, you may be able to move across to cyber security. Working in sectors such as systems analysis, network engineering or database management could mean you already have many of the skills required to work in cyber security.

What skills would I need?

To have a successful career in cyber security, you’ll need to have a broad skill set that goes beyond your knowledge of computers. Here are a few of the essential qualities required to fulfil a cyber security role:

  • An extensive knowledge of IT security systems, procedures and tools
  • Excellent analytical abilities and a high attention to detail
  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills
  • A highly organised and methodical approach to working
  • Good teamwork and communication skills
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • An interest in IT which involves keeping up-to-date with the latest security threats and trends
  • Knowledge of security standards, confidentiality issues and relevant legislation

Want to know more? Here are the soft skills needed for a career in cyber security.

How much could I earn?

For a graduate, you can expect your starting salary to be between £20,000 – £25,000 per annum. However, even having a small amount of experience in this field can significantly hike up your wage. After just a year of working in cyber security you could be entitled to earn up to £35,000, and after five years you could see your salary rise to between £40,000 – £60,000. To get yourself into the higher pay bracket, you may want to think about taking professional qualifications and certifications during your career.

These figures are intended as a guideline only.

What would my working hours and conditions be like?

The majority of cyber security professionals are office based, although consultants or self-employed individuals may be required to travel to visit clients. Working hours tend to range from 35 – 40 hours per week, however you could be on a call-out rota to deal with cyber security emergencies outside of office hours.

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Maintenance Engineer

Morson Talent are currently recruiting for a Maintenance Engineer on an initial 12 months FTC basis (Likely to be perm for the right candidate) in the Manchester area. Location Manchester Salary £37,000 + 20% uplift for occasional shift work Hours Days based - Occasional cover shift work (6-2 / 2-10) The Person: * NVQ 3 or above in Engineering ESSENTIAL * Multiskilled - Mechanically / Electrically biased * Various backgrounds considered: Manufacturing, Automotive, Food, Distribution Centres, Automated Warehouse, Recycling, Biomass, Packaging or Printing, Chemical Plant, Brewery, Paper, Manufacturing Plant, Electromechanical / Automated Plant. * Health and safety focused, good awareness and a can do attitude. Desirable: * Bottling, material handling, AGV's, stackers, palletisers * Pneumatics, hydraulics The Job: * Assist with breakdowns maintenance and reliability of electromechanical machinery, equipment, and plant. * Maintenance of various sections of the plant - PPM and fault finding * Monitor production process & machinery performance. * Assist with PPM & breakdown. * Continuous improvement If you are interested in a new opportunity and would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on 07739311930 or reply with an updated CV.

System Engineer

A Systems Engineer contractor is sought for a contract in Stevenage, Hertfordshire for a SATELLITE DIGITAL PROCESSOR SYSTEM ENGINEER position.Our client seek an expert in digital signal processor design and validation to join the design team responsible for the secure telecommand and telemetry system for a military communication satellite.The role requires an all-round grasp of the digital system, which includes both cryptographic and modem equipment, and its hardware implementation in order to support both system analyses and commissioning of prototype hardware. KEY SKILLS / PROVEN ABILITYProven Ability in any or all of the following topics will be valuable -Failure mode and related system analyses: FMEA / FMECA, single event effects and security analysis;Cryptographic processing and associated security functions;Modem functions (modulation and coding);Implementation of reliable digital signal processing hardware;FPGA-based prototyping and debugging;End-to-end RF communication systems testingSector knowledge: Space / Aerospace / Defence / Communications ADDITIONALTravel - Occasional travel to other UK sitesBase of Work - Following a familiarisation period on site this role will be working from home then working on site once COVID restrictions are lifted by the client - candidates must be able to work on site full time when required

Composite Technician - Aerospace Panels

Morson are currently looking for experienced composite technicians for our client for roles based in Stevenage.Job Profile Assembly and final assembly of sandwich aluminium composite panel production. Inclusive of: - Potting of inserts Bonding of various brackets and equipment Film adhesives Panel completion General hot and cold bonding processes Drilling, reaming etc. High tolerance requirements (typically better than 0.05mm in various areas). Experience Essential:- Ability to work from detailed drawings and electronic work instructions - within specific procedures Experience working to procedures with checkpoints/quality gates Previous experience such as mechanical fitter, close tolerance sheet metal worker, time served mechanical technician Experience in industries such as Space/Aerospace/Automotive/Motorsport etc. Ability to work in confined spaces above floor level Desirable:- Knowledge of satellite structure assemblies or similar Modern apprenticeship Clean room experience Shifts Weekly rotating double day shifts - 06:00hrs to 14:00 hrs 14:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs Some weekend working Saturday or Sunday may be required at peak times. Other There will be a skills test at interview The successful candidate will be required to pass BPSS security clearance before confirmation of contract offer. Free parking is provided for this role in a municipal car park located approximately fifteen minutes' walk from site.

Warehouse Operative

Warehouse operative Principal Responsibilities Health and safety: Must ensure that safe working practices as stipulated by the company are adhered to at all times. Undertake any relevant HSE training as required. Picking: Accurately collect parts from various locations within the warehouse without introducing errors. Packing: To consolidate picked goods in a secure manner for direct shipment to external/internal customers. 100% double check on picked items to achieve very high accuracy levels. Dispatch: Consolidate packages on the relevant pallet and prepare for collection, i.e. pallet wrapping / loading into carrier cages. Goods Inwards: Check deliveries for damage and check against the delivery note to ensure that we have received the correct quantities of the correct products. Using Rf scanners Communication: On a day-to-day basis communication between various departments is normal. Responsibility for dealing with day-to-day enquiries in a friendly yet professional manner applies to all logistics staff. Operation of a Powered industrial truck is desirable if operator holds licence and is authorised. Other key links & experience areas Customer Services Manufacturing/Goods In Carriers/Couriers ISC Office Please note that these roles are currently part time hours from 4pm - 8pm.

Skills and qualifications needed for a career in cyber security