What Qualifications do I need to get a job in Cyber Security?
There are a number of routes into the IT security industry, whether that’s through a cyber security degree, certification or accreditation or, more likely, a combination of all three. A cyber security degree can act as a good foundation in the principles of information security and a stepping stone for further qualifications but it’s not essential. Degrees in IT, forensic computing and STEM subjects like physics and mathematics are also relevant starting points.
Whilst there is no single required qualification to get you into the cyber security industry, it’s recommend that all would-be IT security professionals take the ISO 27001 training courses (at both foundation and advanced levels). This is an excellent stepping stone into your first cyber security job .
Cyber security is a multi-disciplinary field with a number of different roles and requisite requirements. Your degree and post grad qualifications will be taken into account but so too will your aptitude and practical experience.
What Cyber Security Courses are recognised in the UK?
There are many centres and institutions running a whole host of cyber courses in the UK, from London to Bristol, Bournemouth to Aberdeen. Most of the qualifications these courses will land you with will be recognised around the world, as well as right here in the United Kingdom.
Whilst there are too many qualifications in IT security to go into detail here about here, they can be broken down into vendor and vendor-independent qualifications. The former include courses run by the likes of HP, CISCO and Microsoft.
With regard to the latter, some of the most recognised courses, internationally and in the UK, include the CompTIA Security+ and Network+ qualification, ISO27001 Foundation and ISO27001 Lead Implementer courses and the Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP). Higher level qualifications include CISSP or CISM qualifications or the more specialist Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
What Cyber Security Course should I take?
It can be daunting trying to understand what the best cyber security course to take. Qualifications can train and test you on all sorts of technical disciplines such as forensic computing, network security, cryptography, governance, information assurance, compliance and penetration testing (ethical hacking).
Some courses will be heavily weighted on training you in managerial and project management skills, which form a large part of many more senior IT security roles, whilst others will be more technical in nature.
Many candidates looking to get onto the first rung of the cyber security career ladder will already have backgrounds in IT and networking and the level of experience and related qualifications these individuals have will determine the best course for them.
Can I take Cyber Security Courses Online?
Many cyber security courses we have listed here on Cyber Security Courses are self paced and available online, whilst others are classroom based. There is no difference in the qualification you receive at the end of the day but classroom based learning will be more intense, offer more support and usually is a lot quicker to complete.
There are many online courses for beginners in the UK. The Open University now offer a Massive Open Online Course supported by the UK Government and setup in 2014 under the then Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey. These courses are subsidised by Government and can be an excellent first step into the industry.
What are the best Cyber Security Courses?
The right cyber security course for you will depend on your experience, existing qualifications and what job you ultimately want to end up in.
Those with two years or more experience working with IT networks and systems, along with Microsoft MCSE or CCNA equivalent knowledge might want to think about the Ethical Hacker qualification, whilst those with little hands on experience would be better suited to gaining a Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP) or taking a foundation ISO 27001 training course.
How much does it cost to take a Course in Cyber Security?
Course fees vary hugely but it’s worth remembering that many businesses and institutions may well offer to pay for your ongoing professional development (usually dependent on commitment to a certain number of years’ service).
Courses like the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and CompTIA Security+ can seem a lot cheaper when taken online but that’s often because they don’t include the cost of taking the exam, which is usually a lot more expensive than the online course fees. What’s more a course like the CISSP requires you obtain or already have 5 years’ worth of full-time work experience in two or more of the eight domains they list.
Is a Cyber Security Degree worth it?
A degree is obviously a lot more costly and involved than most IT security qualifications but if you are looking for an educational path into the industry, then a cyber security degree can be a wise first move.
Of course, a bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security and Forensic Computing won’t exempt you from the post grad qualifications you’ll need, not to mention the hands on experience you’ll require to land your first cyber security job, but it will give you the tools you needed to begin your journey. What’s more it will show future employers a resolve and commitment to your chosen profession. For more information on degree courses check out our blog post on cyber security university courses in the UK.
What are the entry requirements for the most popular Cyber Security Courses?
Looking to move away from the professional IT support services jobs that many tech engineers are in and break into the cyber security industry? The entry requirements for courses in cyber security and related fields vary greatly. Many courses won’t stipulate a specific degree or qualification as an entry requirement but they will require suitable candidates to have the required background in IT and/or cyber security.
The CISMP course for example is recommended for IT professional looking to develop their career in information security management and existing IT managers who want to enhance their information security knowledge.
In comparison, a more specialist and technical course like the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) course is designed for those with ‘at least two years’ experience’ as a security officer, auditor, security professional or site administrator.
Q: I’m thinking of getting into cyber security, what course should I take?
A: Depending on how technical you are the answer varies. It also depends what type of job role you wish to undertake upon completion of your course. If you are looking to get a wider understanding of security principles you could consider a CompTIA Security+ and move onto a CISSP qualification once a little more experienced. On the other hand if you are looking to work in a technical role, you could look at getting the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification to begin with and work your way up to CREST and Offensive Security certifications. There are many cyber security courses to choose from and it’s always best do research which course is right for your career aspirations.
Q: I have a limited budget, what is the best way to get way to certified?
A: Consider applying to an online or distant learning course. This allows you to study from home and use pre-made content (PDFs/Virtual labs etc) to study in your own time. These courses tend to be significantly less expensive than classroom based learning that requires attendance and an instructor.
Q: After I become accredited or certified can you help find me a cyber security job?
A: We are not recruiters, however we also run Cyber Security Jobs, a job search portal that allows you to search for and apply to jobs.
Q: How can I get into Cyber Security as a career?
A: We often get asked this question so thought it would be wise to have a blog post that explains how you could potentially move into the cyber security sector and what you might consider doing to kick-start your cyber security career.
Q: Why should I post my cyber security course on this website?
A: This website is ranked highly on Google/Yahoo/Bing search engines and receives a large volume of hits from candidates looking to find a cyber security course and train in cyber security. We also operate a cyber security jobs website and candidates come here to find cyber security courses.
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