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IT security co-ordinator

IT security co-ordinators protect their client's data from illegal access, theft and misuse.

Annual Salary

£35,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: on call;

Future employment

There will be 2.4% more IT security co-ordinator jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

As an IT security co-ordinator, you could:

  • assess risks to computer systems and test security products
  • design or upgrade security systems
  • prepare for security breaches and plan how to minimise potential threats
  • investigate breaches and use ethical hacking to find security flaws
  • create reports and make sure procedures meet network security standards

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

You could do a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate course in:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • business management

Courses with industry placements or summer internships might help you develop your skills.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
For more information

You could do a T Level in Digital Support Services and then apply for a trainee IT security position.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
For more information

You could do a:

  • Cyber Security Technologist Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Digital Forensic Technician Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Cyber Security Technical Professional Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship

This will involve a mix of learning in the workplace and study.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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You could start work as an IT support technician after your GCSEs or A levels.

You could then train on the job or get more qualifications to become an IT security co-ordinator.

Direct application

You could apply to work as an IT security co-ordinator if you have experience in IT management, network engineering or cyber intelligence.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Chartered Institute of Information Security for professional development opportunities.

Further information

You can find out more about working in IT and digital security from The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) and the UK Cyber Security Council.

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With experience you could:become a network manager or IT project manager; move into security consultancy; work for the police, security services or specialist law firms who investigate computer crimes

You could join The Institute of Information Security Professionals for professional development opportunities.

You can find out more about working in IT and digital security from The Chartered Institute for IT and National Cyber Security Centre.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • persistence and determination
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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