Got your A-Levels or Getting Your GCSE Results? Consider a Future in Cybersecurity

20 Aug 2015

Got your A-Levels or Getting Your GCSE Results? Co...

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers will receive their GCSE results on Thursday and many will be considering what career path they should aim for in the long run.  With the skills gap in cybersecurity growing, demand for skilled personnel in the sector has never been higher, making cybersecurity a perfect career path for an unsure teen to choose.

The mainstream media continues to paint cyber in a negative light when it comes to teenagers. It seems that every day a publication is focusing on the issue of cyber bullying or hackers. Whilst these are important issues, they should not be the only focus that the media, and in particular, worried parents should focus on.

 Cyber can be extremely positive for young people, they are a generation that is more tech savvy than any other that has come before and most teenagers have grown up using computers. Many can run rings around adults when it comes to their use.

The natural aptitude that many teenagers possess should not be seen as a negative, but instead a positive. The cybersecurity sector for instance is in dire need of those skills. Those teenagers who received their GCSE results will be the security people of the future, they need to be encouraged to use their talents for good rather than be ostracised by society and perhaps end up using their skills for ill.  

 PGI are doing what we can to educate businesses and organisations of the dangers posed by the cyber threat, but without young people looking to get into the sector that job is made harder.

Workforce of the future

“At this early point of choosing career options, our workforce of the future are considering not just what will be a good career, but also something that is enjoyable, fun and satisfying.   The dry language that the industry uses around “Cyber Security” or IT Security is pretty unappealing to a teenager and engenders the type of wrong visions of the profession.  ‘A Security Guard without even the benefits of fresh air’ perhaps?   We need to bring the reality to life.   A perpetual battle of wits and skill, without which bad things will happen to people, businesses, government and society.   This is a profession which brings the exhilaration of success and achievement on a daily basis in an innovative environment.  An environment that allows its workforce to use their skills to regularly do things no-one has thought of before.  It’s pretty much the coolest job around," said Brian Lord, Managing Director at PGI Cyber.

The skills gap in the cybersecurity sector has big implications for the defence of businesses, nations and people. An arms race is underway between criminals and the security sector and the side that stays ahead all depends on the numbers and expertise they can amass.

Cyber Security Skills Gap Needs Closing

As demand is so high many cyber security companies are turning to colleges and universities for talent and in many cases offering jobs to those with the aptitude. Pay in the sector is also good and as the skills gap continues to widen, businesses will have to pay top dollar to recruit the best and brightest.

For more information on getting into the cyber security sector contact PGI Cyber or check out sources such as the cyber security challenge.

For the latest PGI updates like our pages on LinkedIn – PGI,  PGICyber   Facebook– PGIPGI Cyber  and  Twitter

Share this article


Your free global geopolitical
risk dashboard

PGI’s Risk Portal tool provides daily intelligence feeds, country threat assessments and analytical insights, enabling clients to track, understand and navigate geopolitical threats.

The Risk Portal gives users up-to-date information and analysis on global affairs.

The Risk Portal allows users to visualise information in a unique and instantly understandable way. Mapping filters enable the visualisation of incidents by threat category, time period, perpetrator and target type.

Risk Portal users can upgrade their accounts to include the Report Builder and Country Profile Generator features. The Report Builder allows users to select information, data and images from the Risk Portal and create bespoke reports and emails.

Subscribers to PGI’s Bespoke services receive tailored analysis on specific sectors and geographies of interest, delivered at a frequency they determine.

Visit the Risk Portal

Subscribe to our Cyber Bytes Newsletter

Keep yourself in the loop with PGI by signing up to our Monthly Cyber Bytes email. You will receive updates, tips and narrative around what has been happening in the world of information security.

Get in touch today

For more information on how we can help you or your business, please contact us via:

Related News

CISMP, CISSP and CISM - what's in an acronym?

20 Mar 2017

There is a wide range of different security courses available, and a mind-boggling array of certific...

Read news article

International Womens Day - Pioneering Women in Tec...

08 Mar 2017

Pioneering Women in Technology – Katherine JohnsonThe Oscar season has been and gone. The...

Read news article

Law Firms and why they need cyber security

06 Mar 2017

Suffering a data breach can be devastating for any company but for law firms the impacts can be part...

Read news article
Back to the News Hub

Follow us

+44 (0)207 887 2699
©2017 PGI - Protection Group International Ltd. All rights reserved.
PGI - Protection Group International Ltd is registered in England & Wales, reg. no. 07967865
Registered address: Cascades 1, 1190 Park Avenue, Aztec W, Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4FP