Do you.... cracking codes, and creating new software to resolve a problem?

Have you considered a future in the computer security industry and in particular, cyber security to help protect the digital lives of individuals, companies, governments and nations?

The UK cyber security industry is worth £6 billion, employs over 40,000 people and is expected to grow significantly in coming years.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - part of GCHQ, the Government Communication Headquarters was set up to help protect the UK’s critical services from cyber attacks. Find out more how it does this. It offers a wealth of training and information to young people. Read about the types of threats faced by UK businesses, or follow their weekly threat report.


Want to try it out?

The UK Government has launched Cyber Discovery, a fun and interactive learning programme designed to give young people the opportunity to learn skills needed to enter the profession.


A free, online introduction to cyber security course has been developed by The Open University with accreditation by the NCSC and IISP (The Institute of Information Security professionals). The course takes three hours a week over an eight-week period.

Another government initiative - the HMG Cyber Schools Programme - helps students aged 14-18 develop the skills needed to work in cyber security.


What do I need to study to work in cyber security?

Entry to this area of work is possible for those with GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications) right through to postgraduates.

A common route to entry is to graduate with a degree in computer science, information security, maths or a similar subject, and go on to take additional IT security qualifications.

Find out more about specific NSCS-certified degrees here.

Find out about different routes including degrees and apprenticeships here


For more information:

What is an ethical hacker

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A day in the lift of a cyber security professional at global firm PWC



Le saviez-vous ?

En matière de cybersécurité, la protection de la population française repose sur deux textes fondamentaux : le Livre blanc et la Stratégie nationale pour la sécurité du numérique.

Ce mois-ci, nous vous proposons de découvrir qui sont les acteurs qui nous protègent au quotidien et les formations qui permettent d'accéder à ces métiers.

Entrez au coeur des principales organisations de cyberdéfense en France :

Intéressé(e) par les nouvelles technologies et la cyberdéfense ? L'antenne régionale Hauts-de-France de l'Onisep (Ofiice national d'information sur les enseignements et les professions) a créé un dossier sur les différentes formations existantes. Attention, certaines formations sont référencées en Hauts-de-France mais existent aussi dans d'autres régions.

Aller plus loin : regardez l'interview de David Martinon, ambassadeur pour la cyberdiplomatie et l'économie numérique, réalisée dans le cadre du "Mois européen de la cybersécurité (octobre 2017)".