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The cybersecurity roles most in demand in 2018

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Following a series of high profile cybersecurity breaches and system failures, including the headline-stealing WannaCry ransomware attack on the NHS and the more recent TSB system outages, organisations are being forced to up their game when it comes to protecting the data captured within their networks.

Understandably, this has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for security professionals, with the salaries on offer higher than ever before. In this blog post, we explore some of the most sought-after cybersecurity roles in the tech industry right now and why.

Data Protection Officer

There’s a reason why Reuters referred to the data protection officer (DPO) as the ‘hottest ticket in town’. This relatively new role has risen to prominence in light of the GDPR which introduced a duty to appoint a DPO if you’re a public authority or carry out certain types of processing activities. In fact, according to a recent study by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as many as 75,000 DPO positions will be created in response to the GDPR across the globe. A DPO is typically responsible for monitoring internal compliance, advising on data protection obligations and acting as a contact for supervisory authorities and data subjects.

Penetration Tester
Back in 2016, there was a distinct buzz around the emerging role of the penetration tester thanks to the growing security concerns around IoT and BYOD, coupled with increased web and cloud-based applications in businesses. Fast-forward to 2018 and the rise of ransomware means penetration testers (aka ethical hackers) are in high demand with organisations requiring their skills to probe and exploit any security vulnerabilities in applications, networks and systems.

In an article for CSO, security columnist Roger A. Grimes referred to the role as ‘win-win’ stating: “If you hack in past the current defenses, you’ve given the client a chance to close the hole before an attacker discovers it. If you don’t find anything, your client is even happier because they now get to declare their product secure enough that even paid hackers couldn’t break into it.”

Security Analyst

Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) suggest that information security analyst jobs will increase by 28% by 2026. As threats to systems intensify, businesses require professionals to protect their valuable information from unauthorised access. Security analysts wade through metrics and data for any suspicious activity and mitigate risks before any breaches can occur. Public sector bodies and healthcare organisations, in particular, are increasingly on the lookout for analysts to work on the front line and lead efforts to counter any attacks that threaten their data and systems. 

For more insights into the technology job market, stay tuned to the Henry Nicholas blog or explore some of the latest roles in this sector today.