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Cyber intelligence officer

Cyber intelligence officers gather information about where threats to information technology (IT) systems come from and how they work.

Potential salary

£31,500 to £50,000

Employment by 2024

+2.64%

Working hours

35 to 40 a week

  • 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.

You can find out more about working in digital security from the National Cyber Security Centre and Security Service MI5.

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