Find out why this career pathway could actually be the ideal place for you to find your passion.
Published on: 22 December 2020
Up until recent times, people have associated cyber security with the idea that you have to be a hyper-focused, analytical-driven type professional to succeed in this career. What employers are now realising is that people with creative soft skills are extremely valuable in this area. But, what has prompted this change of view?
The rise in cyber attacks brings opportunities
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an unprecedented rise in cyber attacks. Phishing attempts alone have risen by over 600% since February 2020 and hackers are quickly coming up with more advanced ways to target people online.
As more employees move to remote working, businesses are at a far higher risk of falling victim to cyber crime. This incurs huge costs to organisations, with cyber crimes set to have cost the global economy $6 trillion annually by 2021.
With this in mind, employers are looking to hire innovative and curious minds to explore new ways of keeping data secure online. You’ll be able to use your creativity skills to predict potential cyber breaches and prevent devastating losses to a business.
What can a career in cyber security offer you?
- Global opportunities
Hackers are able to reach you, no matter where you're located, so the demand for cyber professionals is truly everywhere. You don’t need to live in a city to find a cyber security role, in fact in many cases you don’t even need to leave your home.
Remote working is extremely common in this sector now, thanks to advancements in technology. You can have all you need to get the job done, no matter where you are and there are currently thousands of vacancies available to you. With no limits, you can live in a place that inspires you, whilst having a stable career to support your lifestyle.
- Independent working
Once you have developed your technical skills, you’ll have the option to work as a bug bounty hunter. This enables you to work for all kinds of organisations, without being hired internally. It’s an incredible way to work on your cyber security skills, start earning big rewards and all whilst working how and when you want to. You’ll have plenty of time for any creative outlets, with the flexible work schedule cyber security can offer you.
More than $44.75 million in bounties have been awarded globally in the last 12 months, through independent cyber security professionals finding breaches and reporting them to businesses. You can add working for Google, Microsoft, Facebook and more to your portfolio, all through using these bug bounty programmes.
- Challenge yourself
A career in cyber security is rewarding, empowering and exciting. You’ll be pushed outside your comfort zone to solve problems with creative solutions and no 2 days will be the same, keeping things fresh.
As technology develops, so do the opportunities in cyber security. You would be entering a career pathway that is innovative and with new areas to explore.
- Job security
In Europe, 70% of companies have stated they do not have appropriate cyber security talent, this means the demand is higher than ever. The pandemic has caused more businesses into digitising than ever before and having the right resources to combat cyber crime is so important.
Setting off on this career pathway will ensure you have the skills employers are looking for, in a thriving industry. There are no signs of this slowing down so you’ll have no issues finding employment and progressing in this area.
- Generous salaries
The demand for certified cyber security professionals means the salaries are very competitive. Professionals with the right skills often receive multiple interview offers, even whilst they are employed and not actively searching.
The average salary of a cyber security professional is currently 47.8% above the national average at £52,000. That’s a large increase on last year, despite the pandemic.
No previous experience needed
Our online training is designed to equip you with the most relevant and up-to-date skills. This means you’ll be ready to enter the job market as quickly and confidently as possible. Our cyber security course collections are customisable to suit your experience; from beginner to tech expert.
Your soft skills will also prove extremely useful when entering this new career path. These are the transferable skills you have gained through all life experiences. Your creativity in particular will help you stand out and employers will be looking for that.
Once enrolled, you will benefit from our Career Services, our student-exclusive support service. They’ll teach you how to make an impact in the industry and help you to find your dream role. You know you are in good hands with the Career Services team as they have a proven track record of helping so many of our students find success in cyber security.
We understand the importance of job security and are here to help anyone who is looking to enter the industry. Get in touch today for a no-obligation, free career consultation and we can work together to help you reach your goals.