Cybersecurity is the process by which individuals and organisations reduce the risk of cyber-attacks.
The main function of cyber security is to protect any devices that we all use (smartphones, laptops, computers and tablets) from theft, damage and cybercrimes. Cybersecurity is also there to protect us against any cyber threats we may face using online systems such as hardware, software and data that may be damaged or modified. It also protects the privacy of data and hardware that handles, stores and transmits that data.
Cybersecurity has become so important in recent years that the government has written a strategy on how to deal with cybercrimes.
Spotlight On: Security and Intelligence
This webinar offers an exclusive insight into an ever growing, and increasingly important sector. You'll hear how to begin a career within security and intelligence from speakers at varying stages of their careers and from a range of backgrounds.
- Glenn Boland – Defence and Security Senior Consultant, PA Consulting
- Rhianne Short – Senior Information Security Consultant, Waterstons
- Lee Parkin – Principal Consutlant, CGI
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What roles are available?
What skills do I need to get into this area of work?
Cybersecurity professionals require a diverse set of skills to effectively navigate the complex landscape of cybersecurity threats and countermeasures. Some essential skills for a career in cybersecurity include:
- a keen interest in IT and developments in the sector around information security
- strong technical IT skills and knowledge including hardware, software and networks
- attention to detail, analytical abilities and the ability to recognise trends in data
- creativity and patience
- logic and objectivity
- threat intelligence
- risk assessment and management
- an inquisitive nature
- a forensic approach to challenges
- a proactive approach with the confidence to make decisions
- a methodical and well-organised approach to work
- the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with a range of people
- an understanding of confidentiality issues, and the law relating to them
- a deep understanding of how hackers work and ability to keep up with the fast pace of change in the criminal cyber-underworld
- ability to seek out vulnerabilities in IT infrastructures
- an ability to engage in ‘ethical hacking’, for example, simulating security breaches
Sources: Prospects and TARGETjobs
These skills provide a foundation for a career in cybersecurity, but it's important to note that specific roles may require additional specialised skills or expertise. Ongoing professional development and certifications can also enhance a cybersecurity professional's skill set and marketability.
Where can I find a job or internship in cybersecurity?
Enhance your career prospects at Nottingham
To enhance your prospects of a career in cybersecurity, consider attending networking events. Several tech meetups take place in the Nottingham area that you could get involved in. These are good places to speak to like-minded people, keep up-to-date with industry trends and news and pick up some tips too.
HackSoc is also a great way to get experience in learning new tech skills and networking with like-minded individuals. HackSoc organises HackNotts Hackathon.
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