In spite of how few businesses hold a digital presence in the Middle East, there is expected to be significant growth in its cyber security market. This is in part thanks to continuing security breaches across critical industries in the region and their increasingly sophisticated modes of attack. Government measures have responded in kind, implementing tougher regulations to ward off further breaches.
Tech, advisory and consulting firms, as well as the Big Four, are where candidates should focus their search currently for cyber analyst jobs in Dubai. Most employers require you to have a bachelor’s or in some cases a master’s degree in computer science, information systems, business, cyber security or a related field as well as knowledge of the regional regulations. Experience or exposure to data privacy regulations such as GDPR will hold you in good stead, as well as knowledge of guidelines around best practice for ethical hacking and security standards regarding cyber security frameworks and cardholder data.
Employers may also be looking for certifications such as CISSP, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CEH or ISO27001, alongside knowledge of information security standards, frameworks and systems. Proficiency with common coding languages such as C, PHP, Python and Java also tends to fall under the requirements for most employers
With digital transformation translating into increased mobile working and cloud-based services, the attack surface has greatly expanded, increasing the vulnerability of most organisations. A
big focus for many companies currently is business continuity management, which in turn plays into the cyber security function as both the cyber security function and business must be aligned and integrated with regards to their approach. Phishing schemes in particular are on the rise – a by-product of global crisis mode – and the business needs to engage their cyber security team to work on mitigating the risk of those attacks.
Companies are looking for subject matter experts with around 5+ years’ experience, who can head up cyber security projects across technical engagements in areas such as penetration testing and vulnerability assessment as well as implementing the necessary controls within an organisation. However, with only 30% of workforces allowed onsite under current restrictions, the need for sufficient controls on non-corporate devices is equally as important.
Working in cyber security in Dubai brings with it the benefits of tax-free income, as well as a primarily English-speaking and young population made up of a large proportion of expats thus creating a multicultural workforce. For candidates coming into the UAE to take advantage of all that Dubai has to offer, so long as you can be open-minded and sensitive to the cultural norms of the region you will fit in well.
Average monthly salaries for cyber security professionals in Dubai are around AED 26,000 which works out to be approximately £5,400 GBP, according to current figures from Indeed.
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