Cyber security careers are complex and many roles can be found with banks, retailers and government organisations.

On the job, you can expect to safeguard an organization’s files and network, install firewalls, create security plans and monitor activity. If a breach occurs, you’ll be responsible for identifying the problem and finding a solution quickly.

Types of careers under cybersecurity:

Security Architect: A Security Architect takes on an important role in an IT department. They design systems, manage employees and evolve the security needed for the organisation.

Source Code Auditor: A Source Code Auditor is responsible for reviewing source code to discover if there are any potential security weaknesses, bugs, or violations of programming standards.

Cryptographer: Ciphers, algorithms and security systems are put into code by Cryptographers. They are in complete control of those codes and protecting those codes from cyber hackers.

Security Analyst: A Security Analyst is responsible for the digital security of the company. Security Analysts have to analyse the security policies and protocols and do a thorough audit to determine any weaknesses in the system. 

Read more on cybersecurity careers here.

If you are interested in a career in cybersecurity after secondary school, companies like GCHQ offer apprenticeships to give help you build your skills and experiences of the workplace. Take a look at what they have to offer here.

The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) degree certification can help you gain the skills and qualifications you need to enter cybersecurity careers. You can take a look at degrees certified by the NCSC degrees here.

You can hear more about life at GCHQ and Cybersecurity careers on Head Stemette’s podcast, Women Tech Charge here. The real-life spy chatted to Imafidon about spying, sausage rolls, and the work she does to keep us all safe.

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