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What is a cybersecurity career? 

A cybersecurity career involves professionals dedicated to protecting computer systems, networks, and data from cyber threats and attacks. We offer roles ranging from Cybersecurity Consultant to Cybersecurity Analyst. 

Did you know AtkinsRéalis delivers cyber resilience expertise to the critical national infrastructure, government, national security and defence sectors? 

We are the largest supplier of client-side advisory in the UK security and intelligence sector and are accredited to the Cyber Suppliers to UK Government scheme, with the cyber security careers to match. 

Learn about the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in this career and unlock the future of cybersecurity with AtkinsRéalis.

Skills needed in a cybersecurity career 

  • Technical proficiency – cybersecurity professionals must possess technical skills to understand, analyse, and respond to complex cyber threats effectively. Proficiency in areas such as network security, and system administration is crucial for safeguarding digital environments.

  • Problem-solving abilities – cybersecurity professionals often encounter intricate challenges that require analytical thinking and problem-solving skills. The ability to assess vulnerabilities, identify potential risks, and devise innovative solutions is essential in mitigating and preventing cyber threats.

  • Attention to detail – cyber threats can manifest in subtle ways, and overlooking minor details can lead to major security breaches. Professionals need keen attention to detail to identify anomalies, detect potential vulnerabilities, and ensure comprehensive security measures.

  • Continuous learning – the cybersecurity landscape is dynamic, with new threats emerging regularly. Cybersecurity professionals must stay up to date on the latest technologies, hacking techniques, and security trends. Continuous learning ensures they remain well-equipped to counter evolving cyber threats.

  • Communication skills – Effectively communicating security concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders is crucial. Cybersecurity professionals need to articulate potential risks, share insights, and collaborate with team members, executives, and end-users to maintain a robust security posture.

We are committed to fostering your growth in the cybersecurity field, providing tailored support and resources to enhance your skills. Our comprehensive training programs, mentorship initiatives, and access to cutting-edge technologies ensure you have the tools and knowledge necessary to excel in your cybersecurity career.

Qualifications needed in a cybersecurity career 

Depending on the role you are applying for, the qualifications required will vary. But here are some general qualifications you can expect to see in our cybersecurity job descriptions: 

Education – a bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, cybersecurity, or a related field is often preferred. Some positions may require a master's degree or higher.

Certifications – certifications such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) are valuable in the cybersecurity field.

Cybersecurity knowledge – understanding of cybersecurity concepts, best practices, and compliance standards. As well as knowledge of security frameworks. 

Technical knowledge – hands-on experience with security tools and technologies, including firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention systems, antivirus software, and encryption tools.

Explore a cybersecurity career at AtkinsRéalis 

Embark on an exciting and impactful journey in the field of cybersecurity with AtkinsRéalis. 

As we continue to evolve and address the dynamic challenges of the digital landscape, we invite you to explore a cybersecurity career that promises innovation, growth, and a chance to make a real difference. 

Discover the opportunities that await you at AtkinsRéalis and become a part of a team dedicated to pioneering solutions that protect and secure in the digital age. 

Find a cybersecurity job with us today.