The UK Cyber Security industry has seen a 45% growth since 2010, with the market share estimated at £3,489 million last year. The growing demand for these roles is a direct result of increasing cyber attacks across the world. But the concern is that due to a lack of talent, there are not enough skilled individuals available to fill the increasing demand for jobs.
Information security incorporates such a vast, multidisciplinary field that, whether you have recently graduated, soon to graduate or are looking to change your career, choosing a path to stick to may seem overwhelming; what qualifications will you need to ensure a successful career when you are just starting out? An essential part of finding the right role for you is to have your CV up to date, as this is the first impression an employer will make of you. Prospective employees will be looking for these key things in particular, and it is essential that you include on your resume.
Certificates and Qualifications
A quick look online will tell you that there are many governing bodies vying for your attention – and with such a vast choice of courses and qualifications available, it can be daunting choosing between them. The qualifications you choose will ultimately depend on the career path you wish to embark on. It is vital for you to list all of your certificates and qualifications on your CV to ensure you are considered as a candidate for any role.
You will continue to hone and develop your skills over the course of your career, so to get you started, a solid foundation in IT fundamentals is expected; web applications, system administration. Your programming and coding skills should be included here too. You will need demonstrable knowledge and understanding of architecture, administration and operating systems, along with any and all of the network skills that you possess.
From a business perspective, you will need to demonstrate excellent communication skills; you will need to be able to translate tech jargon into a language the rest of your company colleague will be able to understand. You must show strong attention to detail with a forensic approach. An ability to use logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses is also desirable.
Like most professions, you will find it easier to get into cyber security if you have experience. Internships can provide you with valuable insights into the field, and can also help you begin building your network. Alternatively, entry-level jobs can provide additional training and support whilst giving you the relevant experience that you need to progress your career.
As you set out on your career in Cyber Security, you will find that your CV changes over a period of time as you find your specialism. Continue to keep your resume updated and relevant so that you keep a competitive edge over other candidates.