Information and Resources

On this page you will find links to useful sector leading organisations alongside links to resources. This page will be frequently updated, so keep on checking back. 

Links to Useful Organisations

Links to Publications and Resources

  • National Cyber Strategy 2022 – read here
  • The National Cyber Security Centre resource hub
    – access here
  • The National Cyber Security reports and
    advisories on cyber security matters affecting the UK – access here

For Young People

  • EmPower Cyber Week – a free, 5-day, online event from 2021. Lots of digital content on cyber-related themes is available to watch through on-demand videos and resources. Access here
  • Cyber Sprinters – Exciting new interactive online security resources for 7-11 year olds. Young people are growing up in an increasingly digital world, exposing them to both the opportunities and risks of the internet. CyberSprinters empowers them to make smart decisions about staying secure online. Featuring a game, activities, resources and puzzles. Access here

Getting Into Cyber Security

With the continued growth in the use of information technology, the threat of a cyber attack has never been greater. On the back of this there is a  large demand for professionals to manage and mitigate the risk of such attacks. Known as cyber security, this is how individuals and organisations reduce the risk of cyber attack.

The sector has a large number of vacancies, offering positions that require a wide variety of skills, not just technical ones.

Research was undertaken to identify the subjects studied by people working in cyber security roles.

GCSE:

Around 80% of people obtained GCSEs in English and Maths, just over 50% in Physics and 16% in Computer Studies. Other subjects studied include:

ArtFrenchMusic
BiologyGeneral StudiesPhysical Education
Business StudiesGeographyPhysics
ChemistryGermanReligious Education
Design and TechnologyGraphic DesignScience
EconomicsHistoryTechnical Drawing
English LanguageLatinTextiles
English LiteratureMathematicsTriple Science
Food TechnologyModern Studies

 

A-Level:

Around 40% of people obtained A-Levels in Maths and 20% in English. Around 28% studied for an IT qualification and 8% Computing. Other subjects studied include:

BiologyGeographyPolitics
ArtGeneral StudiesPsychology
Business StudiesLawSociology
ChemistryMathematicsStatistics
ElectricsMusic
English LanguagePhysics

 

Degree:

Around 12% of people obtained a degree in Cyber Security, 24% in Computing and 8% in Security Management. Other subjects studied include:

Business with MarketingGeographyPhysics
Electrical EngineeringMultimedia and Digital Entertainment ComputingPolitics
Electronic and Communications EngineeringMusic and Media TechnologyZoology
Electronic Engineering

 

Jobs in Cyber Security

Managing risk is the responsibility of everyone with many aspects including good governance, appropriate training and modern technology. The technical parts of cyber security are covered by the IT department or supplier, while other roles can be found throughout an organisation.

Not all roles have ‘cyber’ in their job title. Here are some which contain a significant amount of cyber security and risk management in their day to day activities:

 

Cyber Security AnalystInformation Security Manager (ISM)Operational Technology Security LeadSecurity Compliance CoordinatorSecurity Team Leader
Data Protection Officer (DPO)Infrastructure Senior Support OfficerPenetration Tester / Senior Pen TesterSecurity ConsultantSenior IS Consultant
Forensic Analyst / ConsultantInfrastructure Support OfficerQualified Security Assessor (QSA)Security Delivery ManagerServer and Storage Engineer
Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) ConsultantIT DirectorSecurity AnalystSecurity Delivery Senior AnalystTechnical Security Specialist
Information Security (IS) ConsultantIT Security ManagerSecurity ArchitectSecurity Manager

 

There are other roles which have a lesser amount of ‘cyber’ involvement:

 

Application EngineerIT Project Support AnalystOperations ManagerTechnical Architect
Business AnalystIT supportOT SupportTest Manager
Infrastructure ArchitectLitigation ManagerProject Manager
IT EngineerNetwork EngineerResilience Officer
IT Manager – Service DeliveryNetwork ManagerSoftware Engineer