First of its kind Cyber Careers Show takes place at Savoy Place

19 January 2018
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The Cyber Careers Show was held in the Riverside Room at IET London: Savoy Place

More than 1,000 people attended a national Cyber Careers Show run by the IET and Cyber Security Challenge UK (CSCUK) at the IET's London Head office this week.

The day-long Cyber Careers Show was aimed at students over the age of 16, professionals and anyone else considering a career in cyber security.


Dr Mike Short CBE FIET, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser and past IET President said: “It was great to see this initiative for cyber career development by the IET and CSCUK. The Digital opportunities are enormous in all Sectors and internationally, but we must build and defend these services with trust in mind.  Cyber skills have a key part to play here.”


The event featured presentations from guest speakers throughout the day on a wide variety of topics related to cyber security. The sessions included practical guidelines on how to apply for a job in cyber security and information about what cyber security professionals do on a day-to-day basis.  There was also an opportunity to visit a number of exhibitors throughout the day, which included companies such as BT, BAE Systems, IBM, Dark Trace, NCC Group, BAE, ROKE, PwC, QinetiQ, Contextis, the NCA and the UK Government.


Ahmed Kotb, IT & Communications Lead for the IET said: “In the latest Global Risks Report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) cyber-attacks are one of the biggest threats to the world in 2018.  To combat this we need to have people with the right skills in these jobs.  This was one of the reasons for creating and putting on this event”.


With demand for cyber security skills set to rocket in the next five years, there are an increasing and wide range of varied and lucrative roles on offer.


Nick Coleman, IET Fellow, volunteer and Chair of the IT Panel at the IET, said the world is increasingly becoming digitally connected, which makes companies and infrastructure incredibly vulnerable to cyber hacks. “This has created a rapid rise in the demand for cyber security roles, with most of the UK’s largest companies devoting more resource to their digital defence.”


The evening included a panel session on changing careers into cyber security.  The session was chaired by Nick Coleman and he was joined by Jane Frankland, Managing Director at Cyber Security Capital, Lucy Chaplin, Manager at Wavestone, David Savage, Big Data Architect at QinetiQ, Alison Dyer, Director at CSK and career changer, David Baker.


Luke Trepte, Cyber Security Project Lead commented: “It was great to see people from all walks of life engaging with and enthusiastic about the broad spectrum of roles on offer in cyber security. This event highlights the demand employers have for a dynamic and diverse workforce and the panel session at the end really showed this is the case.”


The winner of the prize draw held during the event was Elizabeth Norris. Elizabeth, a university student, wins an Amazon Echo.


A short, summary video from the event is now available to watch on IET.tv.


This event was delivered by the IET's Strategic Engagement and Partnerships team, which focuses on channelling the expertise of our members for the advancement of engineering, and the benefit of society.  If you want to find out more about what we do, please visit the IET Key topics web page or contact sep@theiet.org.