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IT security co-ordinator

IT security co-ordinators protect their clients' data from unauthorised access, theft and misuse.

Annual Salary

£35,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: on call;

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more IT security co-ordinator jobs in 2025.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • assessing risks to systems, and developing plans to minimise potential threats
  • designing new security systems or upgrading existing ones
  • testing and evaluating security products
  • planning for disaster recovery in the event of security breaches
  • simulating security breaches (penetration testing)
  • using ethical hacking methods to find security flaws
  • investigating breaches and carrying out corrective action
  • making sure procedures meet network security standards
  • preparing reports and technical documentation for managers and users

Working environment

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

You can get into this job through:

  • a university 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

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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Apprenticeship

You could do a cyber security technologist or cyber intrusion higher apprenticeship, or a cyber security technical professional degree apprenticeship.

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

You could apply directly to work as an IT security co-ordinator if you've got several years' experience in IT management, network engineering or cyber intelligence.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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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.

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.

You could join The Institute of Information Security Professionals for professional development opportunities.

You can find out more about working in IT and digital security from The Chartered Institute for IT and National Cyber Security Centre.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

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
  • persistence and determination
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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