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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Project Engineer

I am currently working with one of the UK's leading engineering contractors who require the services of a Project Engineer to undertake a portfolio of data cabling projects across their MOD sites in Portsmouth.As a Project Engineer you will successfully plan and control day-to-day activities in support of customer projects, in order to deliver them to the time, cost, quality and customer satisfaction objectives as defined by the Project Manager. You will be required to:Supervise field-based staff and subcontractors as required.Demonstrate appropriate Health and Safety leadership to ensure that the safety first and foremost message is visible and alive throughout any activities carried out.Ensure adherence to policies, processes and proceduresEnsure under direction, all works comply with standards and to meet and exceed client expectations, as well as the requirements to meet/exceed international standards and manufacturers installation guideline systems.To provide leadership for the project delivery team and to maximise the potential of the team and the individuals within.To participate within bid activity; as requested by the senior management and to work in conjunction with the Business Development department and in line with Focus Win processes.Aid with input in the preparation of the business plans and budgets. Based on the initial contract parameters and objectives. Seeking opportunities to suggest actions which maximises profit on the project.To provide appropriate input to all monthly reviews in line with business procedures to ensure that the management team have full knowledge of the completion and financial status of the project.To manage all related activities to the successful completion of the projects. In line with agreed quality and commercial plans to achieve targets within agreed timescales and cost constraints.Ensure that positive relationships are maintained with the customer through efficient delivery of projects with a view to optimising future opportunities and profitability.Ensuring design and installation meets internal and client specifications and statutory requirements The right candidates will have:Project Engineering experience on MOD Data Cabling projects.Current SC Clearance or have previously obtained this.SMSTSFirst Aid For more information on this role, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.

Project Engineer

I am currently working with a leading engineering contractor that require the services of a Project Engineer to undertake a portfolio of data cabling projects across their MOD sites in Portsmouth.As a Project Engineer you will successfully plan and control day-to-day activities in support of customer projects, in order to deliver them to the time, cost, quality and customer satisfaction objectives as defined by the Project Manager. You will be required to:Supervise field-based staff and subcontractors as required.Demonstrate appropriate Health and Safety leadership to ensure that the safety first and foremost message is visible and alive throughout any activities carried out.Ensure adherence to policies, processes and proceduresEnsure under direction, all works comply with standards and to meet and exceed client expectations, as well as the requirements to meet/exceed international standards and manufacturers installation guideline systems.To provide leadership for the project delivery team and to maximise the potential of the team and the individuals within.To participate within bid activity; as requested by the senior management and to work in conjunction with the Business Development department and in line with Focus Win processes.Aid with input in the preparation of the business plans and budgets. Based on the initial contract parameters and objectives. Seeking opportunities to suggest actions which maximises profit on the project.To provide appropriate input to all monthly reviews in line with business procedures to ensure that the management team have full knowledge of the completion and financial status of the project.To manage all related activities to the successful completion of the projects. In line with agreed quality and commercial plans to achieve targets within agreed timescales and cost constraints.Ensure that positive relationships are maintained with the customer through efficient delivery of projects with a view to optimising future opportunities and profitability.Ensuring design and installation meets internal and client specifications and statutory requirements The right candidates will have:Project Engineering experience across MOD Data Cabling projects.Current SC Clearance or have previously obtained this.SMSTSFirst Aid For more information on this role, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.

Team Leader

Our Client based in Hilsea has a requirement for 2 x Team Leaders. This role has an initial 3 months trial period and if successful will ongoing. The Role: Responsible for managing the performance of people and processes in a designated production area of a transparency manufacturing plant and facilitating all production and information flows. Manage employee relations working within procedures and ensure effective interface between management team and employees Support Value Stream Manager in all business aspects Maintain flexibility in line with business needs Key Deliverables Environment Health & Safety Ensure compliance to Company Policies and initiatives within the business area - reporting all incidents, accidents and near misses as per the company's procedure and implement identified corrective actions. Provide regular coaching and training to support adherence to EH&S. Quality Accountable for the quality of products and equipment on site. Accountable for ensuring all direct reports are trained competently. Identify food and bad quality practices within the value stream and escalate appropriately. Analyse quality data trends and facilitate improvements. Delivery Responsible for producing local Capacity and Production plans Meet customer demand through driving the workforce to deliver on time products using motivational techniques. Escalation or resolution of potential shortages (materials, consumables etc.) with recovery plans to mitigate impact to delivery schedule adherence (DSA) Responsible for lead times. This role is on a 9 day fortnight. 5 days week 1, 4 days week 2. No onsite parking

Scheme Project Manager (333874)

Job Title: Scheme Project Manager Location: York Duration: 6 Months INSIDE IR35 Role Brief: To manage projects through various stages of the life cycle and to support and assist delivering the overall project portfolio managed by the team. Knowledge/Experience Required: * Successful relevant experience including project management. * Educated to HNC/HND or similar standard. * Project safety management experience * Knowledge of Oracle Projects * Knowledge of safety, quality and environmental procedures. * Knowledge of commercial and financial procedures.

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