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IT security co-ordinator

Alternative titles for this job include Information security analyst

IT security co-ordinators protect their client's data from illegal access, theft and misuse.

Average salary (a year)

£35,000 Starter


£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

on call

How to become

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How to become IT security co-ordinator

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could do a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate course in:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • business management

Courses with industry placements or summer internships might help you develop your skills.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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You could do a T Level in Digital Support Services and then apply for a trainee IT security position.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level

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You could do a:

  • Cyber Security Technologist Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Digital Forensic Technician Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Cyber Security Technical Professional Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship

This will involve a mix of learning in the workplace and study.

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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You could start work as an IT support technician after your GCSEs or A levels.

You could then train on the job or get more qualifications to become an IT security co-ordinator.

Direct Application

You could apply to work as an IT security co-ordinator if you have experience in IT management, network engineering or cyber intelligence.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Chartered Institute of Information Security for professional development opportunities.

Further information

You can find out more about working in IT and digital security from The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) and the UK Cyber Security Council.

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
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As an IT security co-ordinator, you could:

  • assess risks to computer systems and test security products
  • design or upgrade security systems
  • prepare for security breaches and plan how to minimise potential threats
  • investigate breaches and use ethical hacking to find security flaws
  • create reports and make sure procedures meet network security standards

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

  • become a network manager or IT project manager
  • move into security consultancy
  • work for the police, security services or specialist law firms who investigate computer crimes

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Security and Compliance Officer Apprentice (Celebrus)

  • Wage: £18,000 a year Annually
  • Location: 18-19 Station Road, Sunbury-on-Thames

Courses In England

Network Engineering (Cyber Security) - Foundation Degree

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Blackpool

Computing (Network Engineering) HTQ Higher National Diploma

  • Start date: 23 September 2024
  • Location: Leicester

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