It’s a brave new world; one which requires a new breed of professional to act as gatekeeper, keeping our data out of the wrong hands.

Cyber Security:

A Brave New World

  • 90% of large UK organisations and 74% of small organisations have experienced a security breach

  • 59% of organisations expect to see an increase in the number of security incidents in the future

  • The average cost of a security breach is £1.46 million - £3.14 million to large organisations and £75,000 - £311,000 to small organisations

  • The global cost of cyber crime to organisations is expected to quadruple to reach $2.1 trillion by 2019

In an increasingly connected world, we enjoy more opportunities than ever before. But with these new opportunities comes a host of new vulnerabilities.

Data and intelligence have become our most valuable assets, and need to be protected from a variety of new online threats. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are falling victim to cyber-attacks, with high profile data breaches becoming worryingly common.

The story so far

The online landscape is evolving at an ever-increasing rate, which is further increasing the demand for cyber security. It’s estimated that the total global cyber security spending in 2015 was between $75 and $100 billion, with this figure set to increase by between 7.4% and 16% over the next five years.

The growing hole in our defences

  • 82% of employers have reported a shortage of vital cyber security skills

  • 71% say this skills gap does direct and measurable damage

  • 76% say that their government isn't investing enough money in building cyber security talent

The current pace of innovation has left us with a growing skills gap, one which is being felt by businesses around the world.

The skills gap has led to a greying cyber security workforce, with an average age of 42 and a shortage of young people entering the field. It’s estimated that it could take up to 20 years to fully address the skills gap in the UK, which is why government and employers need to work together to promote cyber security skills from an earlier age.

Highly technical skills are in increasing demand in businesses around the world, more so than softer skills. The most in demand skills for cyber security professionals are now:

Intrusion Detection

Secure Software Development

Attack Mitigation

Cyber security is a multi-faceted specialism, meaning a career in this sector can take any number of different forms. While some jobs will involve supporting front line defence networks and implementing security measures, others may be more focused on testing and exposing weaknesses.

Cyber security is a top priority for all businesses, regardless of their size of the industry they operate in. From healthcare to manufacturing, financial services to transportation, a career in cyber security could take you anywhere.

Fighting the new global conflict

The average cyber security salary is at least 2.7 times the average wage in the UK. Graduates can expect a starting salary of between £20,000 and £25,000 per annum, with this increasing considerably in line with experience.

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