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The most in-demand jobs in the UK: Chief Information Security Officer

We continue telling you about some of the key jobs in demand in the UK this year, according to the list which was put together by a famous global professional services recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley.

The recruitment consultancy points out that "these roles give a reflection of emerging trends across the workplace that are likely to rise to prominence over the coming year, and beyond".

The list includes a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) - a role very similar to ethical hacking, i.e. finding and resolving security vulnerabilities, minimising harm after cyber incidents, helping with recovery, and setting traps for cyber criminals and scammers.

A Chief Information Security Officer's is a senior-level executive who oversees a company's information, cyber, and technology security. This specialist's responsibilities include designing, implementing, and enforcing security policies (including educating and training employees) to ensure their employer’s data, infrastructure and assets are secure.

In order to work as a Chief Information Security Officer, you have to have a wide range of skills - from financial and communication skills to the ability to identify and assess risks and a good knowledge about legislation and regulations in the area of security.

Naturally, it's a highly sought-after and well-paid job. On average, Chief Information Security Officers in the UK earn between £90,000 and £250,000 per year.

What do you study to become a Chief Information Security Officer?

You can have a degree in business, computer science or engineering, information technology, or cybersecurity, and obtain industry certifications like Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information Security Manager, or Certified Information Systems Security Professional. You will also need to gain a relevant experience first - for example, by working in computer programming, networking analysis or systems analysis, or in such information security roles as security analyst or network administrator.

Here are some of the best UK Universities to get these or similar degrees:

University of Manchester (BSc (hons) information technology management for business)

Heriot-Watt University (BSc (hons) computer science (cyber security)

Aston University, Birmingham (BSc (hons) cybersecurity)

Keele University (BSc (hons) computer science (cyber security))

University of St Andrews (BSc (hons) computer science & economics)

What are the entry requirements?

Such courses typically require a minimum score of 6 in IELTS and three A-Levels - from BBC to AAA grades in subjects like Business Studies, Computer Science, Economics, English Language/Literature, Geography, Mathematics/Further Mathematics, Politics, Psychology, Quantitative Methods, Sociology, and Statistics.

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