We are living in a digital world where we use digital tools to communicate on the Internet, digital devices, smart devices and other technologies. In this world, businesses and public sector organizations are facing ever more sophisticated security threats. The number of cyber threats from different sources are continuing to rise day by day.
According to Department for the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018, organizations of all sizes, and a substantive majority of large businesses and charities in particular, have been breached or attacked. Those with more potential risk factors are also among the most likely to experience cyber security breaches or attacks. Over four in ten businesses (43%) and two in ten charities (19%) have experienced cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. This rises to seven in ten (72%) among large businesses, and a similar proportion (73%) among the largest charities with incomes of £5 million or more.
Cyber security is not only about technology but also people and skills that are needed to ensure that the services, systems and networks we use every day are secure. Cyber security is therefore vital for our digital world.
Along with growing cyber threats, the need of cyber security specialist skills increases significantly. It’s a known fact that, currently, there is not cyber security skills base to match the need, with both the government and private sector being affected by this skills shortage. According to Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG)’s annual surveys, the cybersecurity skills deficit has held the top position in the surveys, the percentage of organizations reporting a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills continues to increase.
There is a strong demand for security specialists globally. According to Indeed Company’s Research (2017), the UK has the third highest levels of cyber security skills deficit in the world. More than 200 new Cyber security job advertisements are added in job search portals every day. Cyber security job advertisements are around 40% higher than last year, with nearly 6000 current vacancies as of 18 February 2019.
The UK’s ever-growing demand for security specialists can be matched with veterans. The transferable skills of the veteran community, such as proven leadership, resilience, crisis management, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking and working well under pressure are all skills that can contribute to the future of the UK’s cyber security sector.
Although there is no prerequisite to begin cyber security training, having a diploma or experience in computer science, information systems or information technology helps to decrease training duration. Depending upon the roles and knowledge level in the cyber security field, training duration for being a cyber security specialist varies between 3-12 months working 6-8 hours per day. After taking training and having practical experience, the ever-growing need in the cyber security field offers tremendous potential for veterans, such as job security, a competitive salary, and potential for advancement in the field.
Regarding the salary, annual cyber security salaries from Cyber Security Analyst beginner level to Head of Cyber and Information Security level increases from £20K-£150K. The average Cyber security salary is around £50K. This is nearly 70% above the national average salary. Depending on where you live and work, the salary could be varied.
As a result, companies are facing significant problems finding employees who are capable of ensuring that their organizations are protected from both internal and external threats and the need for talented, experienced cybersecurity professionals keeps growing. In the next few years the shortage is unlikely to have been filled and keeps offering plenty of career options and good remuneration for Veterans.
There has never been a better time to consider a cyber security career.