- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- complex problem-solving skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- telecommunications knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- persistence and determination
- maths skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
In this role you'll often be:
- identifying common weaknesses in IT networks
- using digital resources to gather information and evidence
- using computer forensics to identify attackers, their motivations and techniques
- analysing threats to major security systems
- monitoring new and evolving threats and assessing their potential impact
- keeping databases of threats and hackers
- producing threat assessment reports with recommendations for protective action
- developing relationships with other organisations to safely share security knowledge
- updating your skills and knowledge
You could work in an office or at a client's business.
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.