As the demand for professional, certified Cyber Security experts increases, more and more opportunities arise to get into Cyber Security roles, especially for those who currently work within the IT industry.
If you are new to this sector or have limited IT knowledge and experience, there are also a few suitable options for you. It is important to accurately gauge at what level you think you are currently at so that you can take the most appropriate training solution to complement your current knowledge level.
Cyber Security careers offer a higher than average salary and excellent career progression, making it a great industry to move into.
If you’re considering a career in Cyber Security, it can be daunting to get started, especially if you are coming in from a non-IT related industry. For this reason, it is important to gain the knowledge, skills, and certificates required for a successful career in this industry. This typically starts with fundamental IT qualifications, such as CompTIA IT Fundamentals+, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security+, and CompTIA Network+ Certificates.
Once you have gained these fundamental skills and worked in an IT-related role for a couple of years, you can start to train towards a career specifically within a Cyber Security related job role, such as an Ethical Hacker. To do this, you will want to earn an industry-recognised Cyber Security qualification, such as CompTIA CySA Cyber Security Analyst and EC-Council’s Certificate in Ethical Hacking.
When you have the knowledge, enhanced your skills, and earned your certificates, you can apply for job roles within Cyber Security through job boards like IT Job Board, CW Jobs, Reed, and Total Jobs.
For those new to IT, we would suggest you start with some fundamental IT CompTIA certificates, such as CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ and CompTIA A+.
We have also developed three excellent Cyber Security training programmes, depending on your experience level, which you can review below:
Cyber Security Fundamentals – New to IT with no previous experience.
Cyber Security Professional with Recruitment Support – Some IT knowledge but you require more specific network or security knowledge and certificates to get into IT job roles.
Cyber Security Specialist with Recruitment Support – Previous IT experience and some fundamental IT qualifications (such as CompTIA IT Fundamentals+, or CompTIA A+ Certificate), with the goal of now becoming an Ethical Hacker.
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First, what Cyber Security job roles are currently in demand? With the right knowledge and certificates, you can apply for a wide range of Cyber Security jobs.
Below, we have highlighted the most popular job titles in Cyber Security by experience level:
IT Technician (£25,000) - Maintain an organisation’s computer and network systems. They also troubleshoot and diagnose computer hardware and software issues and set up computer networks.
Systems Administrator (£42,000) - Responsible for the configuration, management, and operation of an organisation’s network and computer systems.
Systems Engineer (£45,000) - Typically focuses on creating and managing aspects of a system or project throughout its lifecycle.
Network Engineer (£50,000) - Set up, develop, and maintain computer networks within an organisation. They also offer support to users (staff/clients/customers/suppliers) and troubleshoot any problems.
Security Analyst (£50,000) - Monitor networks for any security breaches and investigate violations. Install and use software, such as firewalls and data encryption to protect information.
Security Technician (£54,000) - Repair and maintain any security concerns within an organisation. They identify and troubleshoot network hardware and software issues.
Ethical Hacker (£60,000) - This is one of the most popular career choices in Cyber Security. You will be responsible for penetrating networks, computer systems, applications to check for weaknesses and help prevent potential security attacks.
Penetration Tester (£68,000) - This is another popular Cyber Security career choice. You will perform authorised tests on computer systems to highlight any weaknesses in their security.
Cyber Security Manager (£60,000) - Monitor information channels and observe all operations occurring across the network and manage the infrastructure.
Senior Cyber Security Engineer (£64,000) - You will be responsible for engineering and monitoring the IT systems security measures for your organisation. You will need to identify and advise on what systems should be implemented to keep your company secure.
Cyber Security Architect (£78,000) - Responsible for planning, designing, testing, implementing, and maintaining your organisation’s network and computer security infrastructure.
Chief Information Security Officer (£95,000) - An executive role where you will be responsible for overseeing the protection of customer and company data. You will also protect their assets and infrastructure from malicious hackers.
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If you’re interested in a career in Cyber Security and are ready to get started, choose from our range of Cyber Security training courses, and enrol today. If you require more support or are unsure where to begin, fill out a contact form or call us on +44 (0) 20 3198 7700 to speak with one of our Cyber Security Course Consultants.