Back to Blogs
It Blog Series   How To Become
Share this Article

How to become a Cyber Security Specialist

  • Publish Date: Posted about 2 years ago
  • Author:by VANRATH

In today’s world, technology is all around with most of us increasingly more dependent on it to accomplish our day-to-day tasks. Cyber security is an increasingly bigger issue and as a result of this, there is a continuous demand for security engineers.

This field is bursting with potential and could be a great career path if you enjoy a good challenge!

So what does a cyber security engineer actually do?

A security engineer monitors how computer architecture functions and how to keep it safe from cyber-attacks. Although this type of role can typically be found in larger organisations, security engineers also support medium-size and smaller businesses and even entrepreneurs on a freelance basis.

The responsibilities of a cyber security engineer typically include;
  • Planning, implementing, managing, monitoring, and upgrading security measures and infrastructure to protect data and resources

  • Testing and identifying network and system vulnerabilities (penetration testing)

  • Responding to incidents and security breaches

  • Building security platforms

  • Maintain and expand knowledge of the cyber security threat landscape

  • Administrative duties and report writing

What key skills are required?

Cyber security engineers tend to keep themselves up to date with current trends, news and innovations. Here are a few key skills needed to be a great cyber security engineer;

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to problem solve

  • Ability to interpret and analyse technical information

  • Natural attention to detail and data accuracy

Is a degree essential?

To become a cyber security engineer, it’s recommended that you have a bachelor’s degree in a field that’s related to cyber security. For example, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Programming, Information Systems to name a few.

Previously degrees weren’t necessarily essential, but thanks to a booming market and a rise in competition, most employers require a candidate to have a degree.

How much do Cyber Security Engineers make?

Starting out, you can expect to earn around £30,000 - £40,000 a year, whilst the average cyber security engineer salary is around £60,000 - £75,000 a year. Of course, we have provided these figures as a guide only and they can fluctuate but regardless of the range, a cyber security engineer has the potential to earn a healthy salary!

If you want to embark on a career in cyber security, check out all of the current Cyber Security Engineer Roles in Northern Ireland.