Discovering a Career in Cybersecurity

Embarking on a career in cybersecurity can be daunting, especially when unsure of the right path to take. Many students grapple with questions about whether they’re on the right track to their dream job. But fear not! It’s all about navigating, discovering, and taking that crucial first step.

For those passionate about cybersecurity, the journey ahead is filled with opportunities to enhance your educational pathway in alignment with industrial needs. By following this roadmap, you’ll gain valuable insights into the most relevant information, ensuring you’re equipped with the skills and knowledge demanded by the industry. With each step, you’ll inch closer to your career aspirations, confidently taking strides in the right direction.


Exploring the Latest Cybersecurity Trends: Insights from Industry Leaders

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, staying abreast of the latest trends is paramount. Leading employers and publishers in the field concur on the growing prominence of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in fortifying cybersecurity defenses. According to Forbes’ recent findings, phishing attacks, IoT security, Zero Trust, and compliance with security regulations rank among the most sought-after areas in the industry. Likewise, Splunk’s analysis underscores the importance of threat hunting, detection, leveraging SOAR and SIEM technologies, integrating AI into security operations, prioritizing security education, and adopting the MITRE ATT&CK framework. Notably, Gartner echoes the significance of AI for security while emphasizing the crucial role of Identity and Access Management (IAM). Additionally, Kaspersky highlights emerging threats such as ransomware, social engineering tactics, and the imperative of bolstering security measures for remote work environments.


What are the Key Skills and Competencies Sought by Employers?

The most recent research conducted by the Cybersecurity Skills in the UK Labour Market sheds light on the key competencies coveted by employers in the cybersecurity domain. The report underscores that core job roles in cybersecurity emphasize proficiency in Information Security, accounting for 55% of the skillset sought after. Following closely are competencies in Network Security (21%) and Teamwork (20%), alongside essential knowledge of ISO 27001 and Security Operations. Moreover, the study highlights significant skill gaps in specialized areas such as penetration testing, forensic analysis, security architecture, and threat intelligence, indicating areas ripe for further skill development and talent acquisition efforts within the industry.


What are the Job Opportunities for Cybersecurity?

Based on the UK market, job opportunities are, but not limited to:

  • Security Engineer
  • Security Analyst
  • Security Manager
  • Security Consultant
  • Penetration tester
  • IT/Network Security and Auditor

Most of these opportunities are offered on the market, but most cyber firms use the following to hire a cybersecurity specialist:

  • More than 38% of vacancies have been filled using the social network platform LinkedIn.
  • More than 29% have been hired by “word-of-mouth” recommendations.
  • The rest mainly general recruitment agencies


Navigating Cybersecurity Certifications: A Roadmap to Industry Relevance?

In the quest for career advancement in cybersecurity, the resounding answer to the question “Do I need Cybersecurity Certificates?” is a definitive Yes. As individuals embark on their educational journey, the pursuit of relevant certifications becomes paramount. Recent industry data reveals that 39% of core cyber postings emphasize the importance of CISSP, followed by 21% for CCNP, 21% for CCNA, and 17% for CISM. To streamline the selection process and align certifications with one’s skillset and career level, several platforms offer invaluable guidance and insights, facilitating a swift and informed decision-making process:


Do I need extra resources?

We always need to boost our current level of cybersecurity and keep up to date. Get familiar with interactive Cybersecurity Career Pathways such as CyberSeekNICCS Tool.


What is next?

  1. Focus on the latest trends and engage with them actively.
  2. Direct your efforts towards acquiring the latest required cybersecurity skills.
  3. Prepare for your next certification to enhance your credentials.
  4. Apply for positions that align with your expertise and career aspirations.


Seeking Further Guidance?

Dr. Maher Salem, Career and Employability Lead at the Department of Informatics and Module Lead in the Online Advanced Cybersecurity Master Program, is your go-to resource. Reach out to him for any inquiries or assistance regarding your career pathway and upcoming cybersecurity events at (

You can find all of the slides from Dr. Maher Salem’s session on careers in cybersecurity here (you will need to sign into KEATS to access).


Content provided by Dr. Maher Salem