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First-of-its-kind Cyber Careers Show held at IET’s Savoy Place

More than 1,000 people attended a national Cyber Careers Show run by the IET and Cyber Security Challenge UK (CSCUK) in January.

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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.

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.

Photo of attendees of Cyber Careers show  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.”

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 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.

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 available to watch on IET.tv. For more information on the Cyber Careers Show, including links to pictures and presentations from the event, please see our Cyber Careers website.

This event was delivered by the IET's Strategic Engagement and Partnerships team, which focuses on channelling the expertise of members for the advancement of engineering, and the benefit of society. If you want to find out more about what the team does, contact sep@theiet.org.