What can members of the UK Armed Forces community expect working in Cybersecurity?

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024 by Faye CoppNo comments

What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting from and reacting to attacks on information systems, networks and programmes. Cyber attacks can disrupt and cause considerable financial and reputational damage to organisations and can range from hackers accessing sensitive information to extorting money from people.

Why are members of the military community suited to Cybersecurity roles?

Many military people immediately rule themselves out of applying for cyber roles because they assume cybersecurity jobs require technical experience, but your military security training, knowledge and experience are ideal to transition into information security. Although many cyber security jobs advertised will have technical experience as an essential requirement, many organisation’s look at the ex-military talent pool because of the soft skills they can bring to the role and the fact they are adaptable, trainable and capable of learning new skills.

What soft skills allow members of the military community to shine in the world of cybersecurity?

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Adaptability and resourcefulness 

  • Critical thinking and decision making

  • Values

  • Ethics

  • Persistence

  • Team skills

  • Leadership 

  • Calmness under pressure 

  • Interpersonal skills 

What to expect from our Cybersecurity Governance and Policy Pathway

Over the seven week course, students will explore topics such as cyber crime, cyber warfare, cyber weapons, defensive strategies, and the role of technology and people in cyber security. By the end of the course, students will not only have a solid grasp of cyber security fundamentals but also be capable of formulating informed policy solutions to address contemporary cyber security challenges. Find out more and apply here.

What to expect from our Cybersecurity Fundamentals Course

This 4- week foundational programme is designed for beginners who want to kick-start their career in cybersecurity. It provides learners with a basic understanding of cybersecurity concepts and its popular tools and encourages hands-on experience via labs and projects. Through this programme, learners will not only gain foundational knowledge but also valuable hands-on experience that will showcase their skills. Plus, they will earn a globally recognized digital credential and an IBM certificate. Find out more and apply here.

What opportunities exist in Cybersecurity?

The pathways into cyber security are extensive, below is a list of the top 10 entry or mid-level cyber security jobs that are best suited to military people:

  • SOC Analyst or Manager

  • Incident Response Analyst or Manager

  • Information Assurance Manager

  • Penetration Tester or Vulnerability Analyst

  • Security Consultant

  • Threat Intelligence Analyst of Manager

  • Digital Forensics Analyst

  • Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Manager

  • Fraud and Financial Crime Analyst or Examiner

  • Project Manager

Indeed.com lists the following roles and salary expectations within Cybersecurity for 2024:

  • Cybersecurity Intern, £48,316

  • Cybersecuirty Advisor,  £48,316

  • Cybersecurity Project Manager, £50,104

  • IT Manager, £44,883

  • Systems Integration Manager, £42,544

  • Information Security Architect, £72, 938

  • Chief Information Officer, £33, 389

  • Security Consultant, £53, 699

  • Cyber Threat Analyst, £33,364

  • Penetration Testing, £52, 493


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