Cyber Intelligence OfficerJob Description:
Cyber intelligence officers gather information about where threats to information technology (IT) systems come from and how they work.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you may:
- identify common weaknesses in IT networks
- use digital resources to gather information and evidence
- use computer forensics to identify attackers and their methods
- analyse threats to major security systems
- monitor new threats and assess their impact
- keep databases of threats and hackers
- produce threat assessment reports and recommend actions
- develop relationships with other organisations and share security knowledge (teamwork)
- update your skills and knowledge
You’ll likely need:
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- telecommunications knowledge
- maths skills
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
As well as:
- complex problem-solving skills
- the ability to use your initiative (drive)
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- persistence and determination
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- a graduate training scheme
You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in one of the following subjects:
- computer science
- computer or cyber security
- network engineering and security
You could take a postgraduate course in computing or cyber security if your first degree is not in a related subject, or if you have a lot of industry experience.
You could do an apprenticeship like:
- cyber security technologist higher apprenticeship
- cyber security technical professional degree apprenticeship
- In the UK, GCHQ also runs a cyber security degree apprenticeship.
You could start work with an IT security firm, for example as a support technician after completing school, then work your way up while studying for further qualifications on the job.
If you have a degree or relevant work experience, in the UK you could apply for the MI5 Intelligence and Data Analyst Development Programme.
For public sector work in the UK, you may need to go through UK Security Vetting. Similar checks will most probably occur in other countries too. This includes:
- a counter-terrorist check
- a security check (SC) – for access to information classified as ‘secret’
- developed vetting (DV) – for access to information classified as ‘top secret’
For private sector work, you may not need to be vetted unless you’re working on government systems.
Working Hours and Environment:
You could work in an office or at a client’s business.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could become a specialised cyber security lead and then head of cyber security.
You could also work as a freelance security contractor.