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e-skills UK has published a new report “Career Analysis into Cyber Security: New & Evolving Occupations”, in partnership with Alderbridge Consulting - an information security recruitment consultancy, which has worked with 30,000 professionals over the last 15 years.
The research was conducted as part of a project to develop sector-backed learning pathways for cyber security. These aim to drive the uptake of cyber security skills and qualifications, which are vital not only to the IT industry but to all sectors of the UK economy.
Focusing on 28 target job roles within cyber security, the research identifies how professionals in these roles had progressed to their current positions and the types of qualifications they had undertaken. It then looks more broadly at the age, gender and geographic profile across all cyber security professionals.
The key findings show a need for better entry routes into security-specific careers, with only 7% of information security professionals aged 20-29, and nearly a third of professionals progressing to their current positions from general IT or non-IT roles.
The research also highlights the substantial lack of female talent in the industry, with just 10% of those who hold non-commercial positions being women.
The report is available free-of-charge to registered and logged-on users.
Career Analysis into Cyber Security: New & Evolving Occupations PDF 2MB