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Making it big in cyber security

Cyber-security expertise is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s IT landscape, and those with security proficiency have some of the most promising career options in all of tech . In the past year alone we ve seen major data breaches in the servers of Verizon, Deep Root Analytics, Kmart (US), DocuSign and the Intercontinental Hotel Group among many others . And most recently, we saw the biggest hack of them all the compromise of the US credit agency Equifax, which led to the theft of the financial information of up to 143 million people. The growth and increased sophistication of these attacks has led to an explosion of demand for cyber security professionals . In 2016, the global cyber security industry was estimated to be worth $106 billion . By 2023, that s expected to explode to around $639 billion according to research firm IT-Harvest. That explosive growth has led to a huge skills gap when it comes to cyber security . Research organisation Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that worldwide there will be 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs by 2021. Those estimates have been backed up by the number of job ads appearing for cyber security professionals in the last two years .

According to job site Indeed, there was an incredible 124% increase in the number of postings for cyber security professionals between 2015 and 2017 . Seek has reported similar numbers: between February 2016 and February 2017, the number of ads in the sector grew by 57% . And professional body ISACA s survey of businesses reported that in 2017, 65% of those surveyed had a chief information security officer a huge increase from the 50% just a year before. The high demand for cyber security experts has also driven wages in the sector considerably . According to a recent survey by recruiters Robert Half, security specialists starting salaries have grown at a rate of 6.2% in 2017 among the highest rate in any industry . In the survey, Robert Half found that its recruited cyber security specialist wages had a minimum of $118,000 and a maximum of $160,000. Job salary survey site PayScale reports somewhat similar figures . It lists the median salary of an IT security consultant and computer security specialist at $105,000 – $110,000, with more entry level roles at $88,000 . IT security architects can expect a median salary of $135,000+.

Getting qualified

So how do you get a career in cyber security ? Right now there is no official accreditation (although the Australian Information Security Association has been in talks with the Professional Standards Council to create one), but there are plenty of courses one can take to prepare yourself for a career in cyber security. One example of a qualifying course is the Master of IT Management1 from Southern Cross University . It s a two-year part time course that will qualify you for many roles in IT security . It s comprised of 12 units, all of which can be completed using the University s structured online learning system, which requires no on-campus activity and allows the course to flex around your existing time commitments . You can jump in and out of the course as your life allows. Of special note is the Information Systems Security Management unit, which specialises in teaching students to identify and resolve security threats and vulnerabilities .

The unit covers much more than specific resolutions: it also looks at managing risk to the company and partners; legal and ethical considerations; the role of management; and the integration of security systems into existing business practices . The goal is to get you qualified and ready to deal with the growing number of threats facing Australian businesses online . If you can manage that, then your career prospects are good indeed.

What you ll learn in Southern Cross University s Information Systems Security Management

SCU’s Information Systems Security Management unit gives you a specific, up-to-date skillset aimed specifically at cyber security expertise, which includes:

  • How to identify and describe the various threats to the security of digital information and information systems.
  • How to analyse models and practices for managing security of digital information and information systems.
  • How to investigate the human management aspects of security in an enterprise including roles, responsibilities and personalities, and the impact on trading partners.
  • The ability to review and describe the major legal and ethical issues with respect to managing security of digital information and information systems.
  • Analysing the need for managing security of digital information and information systems.
  • How to undertake risk assessment regarding the security of digital information and information systems and develop strategies for controlling risk.

For more information, visit Southern Cross University’s Master of IT Management2 course page, or call 1300 589 882.

References

  1. ^ Master of IT Management (online.scu.edu.au)
  2. ^ Master of IT Management (online.scu.edu.au)

Operational Security Manager

Operational Security ManagerPurpose of the Role:

The Operational Security Manager (UK) is responsible for providing daily operational support and guidance at project & office level, involving physical security support, security education & training, business continuity planning and security risk management to enable the smooth running of project/office. As a key member of the Group Security Team the Operational Security Manager (UK) must have detailed experience of operating within a corporate security environment. This will involve and require a detailed working knowledge of standard Operational Procedures, Risk Mitigation, Business Continuity Planning and Physical Security across a range of service delivery areas. Where required and if the risk warrants it to also potentially deploy in support of project implementation and set-up at an operational level. Region
UK About the role:

This is wide ranging role with responsibility for providing operational security support and guidance across the UK landscape to include security support & advice, internal auditing, employee education & training and risk management in support of the Security Team and the wider business. Amongst others, responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Support project & office teams with physical security support & advice
  • Support the continued development of the WYG security strategy surrounding offices & facilities
  • Support project teams to ensure proper security controls are implemented using WYG policies and procedures
  • Develop UK security supplier contacts to support projects
  • Must be able to perform hands-on support for a wide range of security technologies (Travel & Tracking)
  • Able to deliver security education & awareness training
  • Support the development of operational security policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines
  • Support security auditing process across the Group s operations
  • Assist the Group SHEQ Director with business continuity planning at an operational level
  • Ensure that regular reviews of operational approach, policy and processes externally, benchmarking against relevant comparators to ensure continuous improvement and best practice within the organisation

Key Skills and Experience

Essential

  • Military or Police operational background;
  • Evidence of at least 10 years operational security service delivery & planning;
  • Experience of delivering security services in all environments (hostile would be a bonus);
  • Evidence of a detailed working knowledge of the best practise in privacy and security standards;
  • Experienced in supporting Business Continuity Planning (Operational Level);
  • Holder of a UK SIA Close Protection Licence;
  • Trained in First Aide (FPOS or MIRA);
  • Experienced in security investigation and resolution;
  • Personnel and Information Security trained/aware;
  • Audit trained seen as a positive;
  • Protected marked Information awareness;
  • Security Clearance is essential;

Rewards

In return for your dedication, you ll enjoy a quality total remuneration package, including contributory pension, life insurance, health cover and flexible working options. Pick and choose your perfect blend from advantages including childcare, additional holiday and travel insurance. You ll also benefit from a tailored package or professional training and development, with support to achieve your career goals.

The WYG flexible benefits scheme was introduced in recognition of the fact that the needs and priorities of each individual differ.

WYG Flexible Benefits is a menu of benefit options which allows you to vary your remuneration package to suit your own personal circumstances.

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Operational Security Manager

Account Director – VSG

Account Director - VSGWe are looking for highly talented and successful Account Director to join our growing and exciting business working in partnership with one of our prestigious clients. In this role you will be a field based Account Director you will take a leading stance and we are looking for an individual that can demonstrate the confidence, experience, drive, flexibility and determination to provide the highest standards of operational service throughout the UK. You will also possess the skills to motivate the staff to maintain the high standards required throughout the area.

Your ability to manage and direct the account will be critical to your success and that of VSG. You will enjoy leading from the front and drive performance through your account management skills. We are looking for a natural leader with the ability to motivate and develop others and commercial flair for maximising sales opportunities. Hands on and driven, you will inspire others with your passion for excellent account management. VSG have great opportunities for you to develop your career in security services and progress further up the ladder, this is an excellent time to join the UKs fastest growing security services organisation. The Role

  • Act as the principle point of contact for the client regarding your account.
  • Ensure all management information is accurate and professionally presented when required.
  • Monitoring service levels and compliance to ensure delivery meets / exceeds the required standard were possible.
  • Management of the resource requirements to prevent lost / untrained hours on the portfolio ensuring dedicated relief staff are effectively utilised.
  • Ensuring teams are recruited, trained and performance managed in line with company guidelines and requirements whilst adhering to Company and legal procedures.
  • Undertake out of hours on-call duties (on rotation|).
  • Accountability for the profit and loss of the account.
  • Empowers and supports the team to deliver a great service.
  • Drive the contract service delivery for your account.

The Person

  • Essential to have experience within a client facing role
  • Essential to have experience in a people focussed role e.g. managing performance
  • Must hold a valid non front line SIA licence as a minimum
  • Previous people management experience including company procedures
  • Working knowledge of employment legislation
  • Health & Safety knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills and lead by example
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent influencing and interpersonal skills
  • Commercially aware with the business acumen to keep ahead of your competition and set VSG apart
  • Stakeholder focussed approach
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft systems to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and the Internet
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Committed to following procedures and ensuring tasks are fully completed
  • A desire for continuous personal and professional development
  • Must hold a full, clean driving licence

To apply for this role please email your CV to vr7405@vsg247.co.uk

Benefits

  • Competitive salary plus annual bonus
  • Company Car, Mobile Phone and Laptop
  • Competitive holiday entitlement
  • Pension
  • Life assurance
  • Private Healthcare
  • A wide range of discounts with selected companies

The Company

VSG has 7,000 employees and is the UK s fastest growing suppliers of security services to a variety of blue chip clients.

Our excellent service to our customers has allowed for market growth which means we continuously seek new and fresh talent to complement our current team as well as developing our people to reach their full potential.

Join our team and look forward to a challenging and rewarding role, with great results bringing great opportunity for recognition.

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