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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

to

£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 an IT security co-ordinator

You can get into this job through:

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

University

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 may 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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College

You may be able to apply for a trainee IT security position with a company after doing a T Level in Digital Support Services.

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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Apprenticeship

You could do a cyber security technologist higher apprenticeship or a cyber security technical professional 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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Work

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

Then you can train on the job or get more qualifications.

Direct Application

You can apply to work as an IT security co-ordinator once 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 ITNational Cyber Security Centre 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

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • assess risks to computer systems
  • develop plans to minimise potential threats
  • design new security systems or upgrade existing ones
  • test and evaluate security products
  • plan how to recover if security breaches happen
  • use ethical hacking to find security flaws
  • investigate breaches
  • make sure procedures meet network security standards
  • create reports for managers and users

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 move into network management, IT project management or security consultancy.

You could 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

Cyber Security Technologist Apprentice (LGC Ltd)

  • Wage: £16,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Teddington, Middlesex

Cyber Security Apprentice

  • Wage: £7,503.60 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Courses In England

Network Engineering (Cyber Security) - Foundation Degree

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 12 September 2023
  • Location: Blackpool

Network Engineering (Systems Administration) - Foundation Degree (HTQ)

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 12 September 2023
  • Location: Blackpool

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