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IT security co-ordinator

Alternative titles for this job include Information security analyst

IT security co-ordinators protect their clients' data from unauthorised 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

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 award in:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • business management

Courses with industry placements, or summer internships can help to 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 Cyber Security Technician T level at college.

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 or cyber intrusion analyst 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 GCSEs or A levels and train on the job for further qualifications.

Direct Application

Once you have several years' experience in IT management, network engineering or cyber intelligence, you could apply directly to work as an IT security co-ordinator

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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 and National Cyber Security Centre.

What it takes

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

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • assess risks to systems and develop plans to minimise potential threats
  • design new security systems or upgrade existing ones
  • test and evaluate security products
  • plan for disaster recovery in the event of security breaches
  • simulate security breaches (penetration testing)
  • use ethical hacking methods to find security flaws
  • investigate breaches and carry out corrective action
  • make sure procedures meet network security standards
  • prepare reports and technical documentation for managers and users

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

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, carrying out forensic investigation of computer-based crimes.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

IT Security and Privacy Apprentice

  • Wage: £18,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

Courses In England

Network Engineering (Cyber Security) - Foundation Degree

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 13 September 2021
  • Location: Blackpool

HND Computing (Network Engineering) Level 5

  • Provider: HEART OF WORCESTERSHIRE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 13 September 2021
  • Location: Worcester

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