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Cyber intelligence officer

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Cyber intelligence officers gather information about where threats to information technology (IT) systems come from and how they work.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter

to

£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends occasionally

How to become

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How to become a cyber intelligence officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate training scheme

University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in one of the following subjects:

  • computer science
  • computer or cyber security
  • mathematics
  • network engineering and security

You could take a postgraduate course in computing or cyber security if your first degree is not in a related subject, or if you have a lot of industry experience.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Apprenticeship

You could do a higher apprenticeship like:

  • cyber security technologist
  • cyber intrusion analyst

These apprenticeships typically take 2 years to complete.

You could do a cyber security technical professional degree apprenticeship.

GCHQ also runs a cyber security degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could start work with an IT security firm, for example as a support technician after doing GCSEs or A levels, then work your way up while studying for further qualifications on the job.

Other Routes

If you have a degree or relevant work experience, you could apply for the MI5 Intelligence and Data Analyst Development Programme.

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Further information

You can find out more about working in digital security from the National Cyber Security Centre and Security Service MI5.

If you are under 17 Cyberfirst has a programme of activities including:

  • apprenticeships
  • bursaries
  • competitions
  • courses

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • telecommunications knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • persistence and determination
  • maths skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

Restrictions and Requirements

For public sector work, you may need to go through UK Security Vetting. This includes:

  • a counter terrorist check
  • a security check (SC) - for access to information classified as 'secret'
  • developed vetting (DV) - for access to information classified as 'top secret'

For private sector work, you may not need to be vetted unless you're working on government systems.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you may:

  • identify common weaknesses in IT networks
  • use digital resources to gather information and evidence
  • use computer forensics to identify attackers and their methods
  • analyse threats to major security systems
  • monitor new threats and assess their impact
  • keep databases of threats and hackers
  • produce threat assessment reports and recommend actions
  • develop relationships with other organisations and share security knowledge
  • update your skills and knowledge

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a specialised cyber security lead and then head of cyber security.

You could also work as a freelance security contractor.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £14,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Apprentice Network Engineer

  • Wage: £240.50 Weekly
  • Location: REDDITCH

Courses In England

Cyber Security

  • Provider: ENERGY COAST UTC
  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Workington

Cyber Security Practices, Certificate

  • Provider: WESTON COLLEGE OF FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Start date: 01 February 2022
  • Location: WESTON SUPER MARE

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