Hearing that your child is looking to embark on a career in cyber security can be exciting and nerve-wracking in equal parts. It’s always great to hear that they have a passion, but from your side, you might be a little uncertain as to what a career in cyber security might entail.

However, not knowing about cyber security is hardly something you should feel guilty for as it’s a relatively new industry. Research has shown that as many as 72% of UK parents haven’t considered it as a career path for their children. Furthermore, around 70% believe that it gets taught in school when in reality, most schools don’t come close to touching the subject.

To set your mind at ease, we’ll take a look at some of the key information on the cyber security industry, including the potential jobs and salary that your child could expect throughout their time in the industry.

What Is Cyber Security?

Cyber security is the process of securing and protecting computer systems and networks. The actual procedure takes many forms, with some professionals focused on building impenetrable defences to keep out hackers, whereas others look to break these defences to advise organisations on how they could improve.

Cyber crime has been on the rise in recent years, with hacks of major networks, such as that of the NHS in 2017, making headlines around the world. That particular attack cost the NHS £92 million, and it is predicted that cyber crime will cost the world up to $6 trillion by 2021. These statistics highlight how crucial it is that computer systems are protected. 

What Is The Salary Of A Cyber Security Specialist?

The average salary for a cyber security specialist in the UK is £33,620 according to Glassdoor. Salaries typically don’t fall below £27,000, and the more successful people in the industry can expect to earn in excess of £100,000. 

A typical starting salary for a cyber security analyst is £19,000, which is considerably higher than the £14,000 salary that 76.5% of parents said they would expect their children to be paid after leaving school.

How Many Jobs Are There In The Cyber Security Industry?

At present, few other industries offer such prospects in terms of job opportunities for young people. It is predicted that there will be as many as 100,000 unfilled cyber security jobs in the UK by 2022

What Are Some Typical Cyber Security Jobs?

A few typical jobs in the cyber security industry are:

  • Security Analyst
  • Security Architect
  • Security Engineer
  • Cryptographer
  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Software Developer

These jobs cover both sides of the discipline, with some focused on putting up defences around networks and devices, and others looking to infiltrate the defences to discover potential weak spots.

The skills needed to succeed in either of these pathways are somewhat different, but to begin with, budding cyber security professionals will get the chance to learn a range of skills before deciding what they want to do. 

In Summary

It’s only natural that you’ll want the best for your child, and being wary of them starting a career in an industry you know little about is reasonable. Hopefully, now that you have seen a few compelling reasons for starting a career in the industry, any fears may be allayed, and you can give your child the support they need.


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