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Forensic computer analyst

Alternative titles for this job include Cyber security professional

Forensic computer analysts investigate computer-based crime, often called cyber crime.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter

to

£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become a forensic computer analyst

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • training with a professional body

University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

  • forensic computing and security
  • computer science
  • cyber security
  • digital forensics
  • financial technology

Courses with industry placements will help you develop your skills.

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 can do a cyber instrusion analyst or cyber security technologist higher apprenticeship.

You can also take a cyber security technical professional 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 as an IT support technician, network engineer or developer after doing A levels. You would then work your way up by taking further training on the job.

Other Routes

You could do certified industry training with a professional body like the Chartered Institute of Information Security or The Chartered Institute for IT.

You'll need to be working in IT security or have a lot of experience to do this.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in digital security from the National Cyber Security Centre and The Chartered Institute for IT.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • persistence and determination
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your tasks will depend on where you work. You could:

  • investigate hacking, fraud and theft
  • research political, industrial and commercial espionage
  • track terrorist communications and other illegal activities
  • secure IT systems and hardware to protect them from security threats
  • recover and secure data
  • analyse mobile phone records to track location
  • follow electronic data trails
  • document each stage of the investigation
  • present technical findings and evidence

Working environment

You could work in a court, 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 progress to senior analyst, head of security or security consultant.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeship

  • Wage: To be agreed upon appointment Unspecified
  • Location: Bootle

Apprentice Cyber Security Technologist

  • Wage: £19,000.00 Annually
  • Location: London

Courses In England

Forensic Computing and Cyber Security Level 3

  • Provider: GLOUCESTERSHIRE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 08 September 2021
  • Location: Cheltenham

Forensic Computing and Cyber Security Level 3

  • Provider: GLOUCESTERSHIRE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 08 September 2021
  • Location: Gloucester

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