3 interesting cybersecurity jobs that are available right now
Security breaches are rising and so too is the demand for jobs in the cybersecurity sector, writes Kirstie McDermott.
Security and data breaches keep on coming. In the UK in 2022 there were 408 million breached records across 1,063 security incidents, according to IT Governance. There was a 14.8 per cent decrease in security incidents compared to 2021, but while there was a dip in reported incidents in the first half of 2022, the figures jumped up in the period between July and December.
It’s no surprise then that jobs in this sector are experiencing growth. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport said in its Cyber security skills in the UK labour market 2022 report that more than 6,000 new jobs were added last year.
Qualified, talented cybersecurity professionals
As we accelerate our cloud adoption and do more of our banking and shopping online, and access government services via websites and apps, the potential for bad actors to access our data increases; therefore the need for qualified, talented cybersecurity professionals increases exponentially too.
The most common roles in demand are security engineers (35 per cent), security analysts (18 per cent), security managers (14 per cent), security architects (11 per cent) and security consultants (9 per cent), with a number of sectors showing demand for cyber talent.
These include consultancy, IT (excluding cyber sector firms), and finance and insurance sectors. There are specific technical skills areas in demand too, including information security, network security and skills around ISO 27001.
A wide range of specialist skills covering network engineering, risk management and technical controls, operating systems and virtualisation, cryptography and programming are also in demand.
UK on top
According to the United Nations Global Cyber Security Index, the UK comes out on top for cybersecurity in Europe, and in terms of cities, London is the leader. The city has a long history in financial services, which has more recently transformed into an expertise in fintech.
London is now home to a burgeoning ecosystem of challenger banks, blockchain startups and at least 26 fintech unicorns.
There are many reasons why London is such a hub for cybersecurity jobs. Strong political support exists for the fintech industry in terms of 2021’s government-commissioned Kalifa Review, which identified several hubs of activity across the UK and also put in place a number of recommendations to support the sector.
On a national level, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham are also security job hotspots. The creation of a National Cyber Force in 2021 and the National Cyber Strategy 2022 will help to ensure that the UK remains confident, capable and resilient and can continue to adapt, innovate and invest.
Cybersecurity roles need to be supported by a talent pipeline. Higher education institutions offer relevant Bachelor’s and Master’s courses, including an MSc in Information Security at Royal Holloway, which is accredited by GCHQ.
For those already working in cybersecurity and looking for a new opportunity, the AltFi Job Board is a great place to start––discover three open roles below.
Cyber Security Analyst, American Express Global Business Travel, London
American Express Global Business Travel is seeking a Cyber Security Analyst with an analytical mind and a detailed understanding of cyber security methodologies. This is a remote role, and you’ll need to display a high level of understanding of technology infrastructures which include but are not limited to Firewalls, VPN, data loss prevention, IDS/IPS, Web-Proxy, WAF, anti DDoS and security audits. You’ll need three years’ working experience as a cyber security analyst, and industry certifications in cyber security such as but not limited to, CISSP, GSEC, CSSP, CEH, are highly desired. Get the full information on this role here.
Cyber Security Manager, UK, JERA Global Markets UK Ltd, London
JERA Global Markets (JERAGM) is a leading utility-backed seaborne energy trader specialising in LNG, coal and freight. It is hiring a Cyber Security Manager, UK, to build and manage the cyber security function. You’ll be expected to minimise the impact of security incidents by maintaining an effective response capability, support and enable secure business and IT-led change, and lead the security teams across all office locations. A strong grasp and experience in applying cloud security principles and risk assessment methodologies in cloud native, borderless and zero-trust architectures is required. Interested? Find out more here.
IT Project Engineer, Darktrace, London
Darktrace is a global leader in cybersecurity AI, delivering complete AI-powered solutions in its mission to free the world of cyber disruption. The IT Project Engineer will join the wider internal IT team, supporting many aspects of the business in a project management capacity and will be responsible for contributing to the delivery of a wide range of IT projects. You should have outstanding organisation skills, be comfortable engaging with IT professionals and have a proven track record of confidently communicating both technical and non-technical information to all levels of the business. See all the requirements for the job here.