Cyber-Security Mini-Guide


What do you know about Cyber-Security careers?

Quite possibly you’ve heard the term Cyber being bandied about recently, as this new and increasingly crucial field of work has been moving up the agenda for many organisations.

But do you know what it entails; which organisations typically recruit to Cyber roles and what skills or qualifications you need?

If you don’t – don’t worry. We’re here to help. Like most professions it’s a wide and varied career, but in this guide, we’ll cover the basics. And because we know what an important and fast-moving field Cyber is, mybrink now works with a Technical Recruitment Advisor so that we can give you updates and bulletins on Cyber, enabling you to stay informed if this is an area of interest.

So, what’s Cyber?

Well, Cyber, as you’re no doubt aware relates to computers, information technology and virtual reality. A concept then that is constantly evolving and encompassing new areas, as technology advances.

What’s Cyber-Security?

So if Cyber is all about systems and technology, Cyber-Security is all about protecting them. The more technical explanation being ‘Cyber security consists of technologies, processes and measures that are designed to protect systems, networks and data from cyber crimes’. In other words, to prevent sensitive data and systems from being hacked, through identifying and addressing risks to systems.

Why is Cyber-Security so important?

Let’s be honest; pretty much all information is held, and all processes operate, online. This means that the ability to function of most businesses and organisations is entirely dependent on technology. Unfortunately, just like every other walk of life, there will be those who seek to do harm. And even if not deliberate harm, harm through breaches of security can occur. The implications of these may include;

·         Exposure of private and confidential information and data such as business information and public records (e.g. patient records in the NHS)

·         Ransom attacks as seen recently on the NHS and other organisations; leading to potential security breaches and financial impact

·         Loss of business in the case of large companies being hit by operational or financial issues

·         Impact on the safety and security of all of us in the case of government departments and government organisations such as police and intelligence services

Who recruits Cyber-Security professionals?

With this being such a crucially important area of work, there is now a big spotlight on Cyber-Security Careers. There is the need to build a current supply as well as a pipeline of talent in this area in order to meet the global demand. Many companies and organisations have been slow to recognise this, resulting in lost operations. But the other issue is around recruitment and lack of awareness of those who have the skills and talent for this kind of role, as it’s such a new specialism.

You’ll find that virtually all companies, particularly large ones, as well as government departments, police and intelligence services will be actively recruiting cyber-security professionals.


Typical entry-level job titles within Cyber-Security may include;

·         Security Analyst

·         Software Developer

·         Enterprise Architect

·         Systems Planner

·         Data Analyst

·         Defence Analyst

·         Cyber Ops Planner

·         Database Administrator

·         Cyber Legal Advisor

·         IT Programme Auditor

·         Security Engineer

·         Security Architect

·         Security Administrator

·         Security Software Developer

·         Cryptographer

·         Cryptanalyst

·         Security Consultant

What are the top ten skills I need to apply and succeed in Cyber-Security?

1.       Degree – there are now some GCHQ approved degree courses around the country. These include;

a.       University of Bristol

b.       University of Manchester

c.       University of Surrey

d.       Birmingham University

e.       Lancaster University

f.       Oxford Brookes University

If you’re on one of these courses, you’re in a great position.

2.       If you’re not studying a specific Cyber-Security degree though, don’t worry. Maths, Science, Technology, IT and Computing and Engineering and even Law will all indicate you have strong technical and analytical skills

3.       A true passion and interest in technology and computing and the importance of keeping it protected

4.       A collaborative approach to teamwork

5.       Integrity and appreciation of the principles of confidentiality and privacy; working at the cutting edge of security means you may have access to extremely sensitive information and weaknesses that you’re working to address

6.       Problem-solving and analytical skills; comfortable in handling large volumes of data

7.       Adaptability

8.       Attention to detail

9.       Risk Analysis – able to assess and address the Cyber-Security risks the organisation you’re working for is facing

10.   An ability to prioritise your workload and see problems through to a complete resolution

Why work in Cyber-Security?

As well as being extemely well rewarded, it would be hard to find a role that’s more cutting edge and important for many organisations right now. The impact and value that you’ll be able to add to an organisation will be immense – protecting them from hackers and keeping vital information safe goes to our financial and personal safety and security as a nation. It’s a relatively new career, so likely to be fast-moving and constantly demanding as the need to keep up with the threats and intelligence on Cyber-Security evolves.

To find out whether you have the aptitude for the role; you may want to consider the following;

·         A Cyber-Security internship

·         Reading up on the Job Descriptions and Person Specifications of Cyber-related roles

·         Reading the mybrink Cyber-Security bulletins due to launch shortly

·         Contacting Cyber-Security employers directly for further information