The world has woken up to cyber security, with stories in the news becoming a weekly occurrence.
Just this week the report, by NHS Digital’s head of security operations, Chris Flynn, said there was a “false sense of security” among staff over cyber threats and highlighted a range of security failings, including weak passwords and poorly protected patient data.
Faced with these threats, businesses and government need experts who can protect their systems from cyber criminals – they are also willing to pay high salaries as this kind of protection is invaluable. Companies can lose millions as a result of a hack, with the biggest threat being to their reputation. Beaming recently published new research that revealed the impact of cybercrime on UK businesses in 2016, showing that 2.9 million British companies were hit by some sort of cybercrime at a total cost of £29.1 billion.
It is predicted that online crime will cost businesses as much as £1.4 trillion a year by 2019. So cyber security experts are among the most prized professionals worldwide.
Salaries in cyber security are some of the fastest growing in the UK rising at an average of 14% a year. In August 2017, the average salary for cyber security jobs rose by £1,386. Senior professionals can earn over £100,000 a year with the average salary £72,500.
UK companies have to defend against hundreds of thousands of cyber-attacks EVERY DAY. Digital Defenders stated that in some cases they have seen attack numbers increase by 1,000% in just 18 months. It is clear that cyber security skills will be in high demand for the foreseeable future and according to a new report from cyber skills promotion network Tech Partnership, there are now 60,000+ more workers in this industry – a rise of 163 per cent.