- Ensure that an organisation's IT systems are secure and protected
- You'll need problem solving and project management skills, and the ability to interpret and assess data accurately
- With experience, move into network management, IT project management or security consultancy
As an IT security coordinator, you might be dealing with illegal hacking viruses, worms, spyware and Trojans, denial of service (DoS) attacks (overloading systems with useless data), 'phishing' (luring users into leaving confidential details on spoof websites), 'pharming' (redirecting users to fake websites by hijacking genuine website addresses), and abuse of permissions by authorised system users.
- Assessing risks to systems and developing plans to minimise potential threats
- Designing new security systems or upgrading existing ones
- Testing and evaluating security products
- Planning for disaster recovery in the event of security breaches
- Simulating security breaches (penetration testing) using ethical hacking methods to find security flaws
- Investigating breaches and carrying out corrective action
- Making sure procedures meet network security standards
- Preparing reports and technical documentation for managers and users
You could work at a client's business or in an office.
To work in this role, you'll need analytical thinking skills, the ability to use initiative and accept criticism, to work well under pressure, broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge, thoroughness and attention to detail, excellent written communication and problem-solving skills, as well as a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications.
To become an IT security coordinator, you could do a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate award in computing, information systems, project management, or business management.
You could also do a cyber security technologist or cyber intrusion higher apprenticeship, or a cyber security technical professional degree apprenticeship.
You can start work as an IT support technician after GCSEs or A levels and train on the job for further qualifications.
Direct application is possible if you've got several years' experience in IT management, network engineering or cyber intelligence.
You'll need to undergo enhanced background checks.
With experience you could move into network management, IT project management, or security consultancy. You could also work for the police, security services or specialist law firms, carrying out forensic investigation of computer-based crimes.