Data & network

IT security coordinator

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

Annual Salary

£25,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more IT security coordinator jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

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

University

You could do a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate award in:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • business management

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level for a foundation degree 
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

Apprenticeship

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

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

£25,000 to £60,000

Starter salary: £25,000 to £28,000

Experienced salary: £30,000 to £40,000

You’ll usually negotiate your rate of pay and contract.

These figures are a guide.

You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week, although you may be on a call-out rota to deal with problems outside of office hours.

You’ll be mainly office based, but if you work for a consultancy or are self-employed you may have to travel to visit clients.

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
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

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