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Supporting careers in cyber security

The cyber security industry is growing in response to surging demand for digital systems that are more resilient to hacking.

Yet globally there is a shortage of competent cyber security professionals. 

We and our members are on a mission to grow the pipeline of entrants to the profession by supporting career pathways for all people regardless of background, gender identity, creed or neurodiversity.

We are committed to building talent for the future through our global network of member cyber security companies, governments, cyber security regulators, training and academic partners.

This page links to lots of useful information and resources for those interested in a career in technical cyber security. 

Events and workshops

As part of our student community we give you access to the latest research and the opportunity to attend our webinars and events. For example, a number of students every year attend our flagship event, CRESTCon, to write up on the speaker sessions for the member newsletter, while others attend to showcase their research projects. 

CRESTCon

Day in the Life videos.

You can browse our large library of ‘Day in the Life’ videos on our YouTube channel. You’ll hear from a range of professionals who give real insights into what it is like to work in cyber security and in different disciplines, as well as giving advice on how to begin and progress your career.

Our YouTube channel also contains content on CREST and lots of technical content relating to the profession.

Video library

Higher education courses

Our Academic Partners run many higher education courses in the cyber security space.

Our partners also benefit from collaborative activities with CREST helping them to enhance the offer to their students.

Click on on the Academic Partners link above to find a provider and course that’s right for you.

We have also developed a careers guide for university students who are considering a career in cyber security. Click the button below.  

Academic Partners and courses

Get involved with CREST research

We commission research reports to provide key insight into the challenges facing the industry from cyber crime to skills shortage and diversity issues. We would welcome involvement from our student community. If you would like to get involved with future research projects, contact [email protected] 

Research

Digital Defenders (14-18 year old) Careers Guide – Reasons to work in cyber security

Working with the Cabinet Office, we have developed a careers guide and interactive PDF for school children who may want to consider a career in cyber security. Please download from the following link and view in Acrobat for the best experience.

If you would like printed copies of the guide, please contact [email protected]

Digital Defenders

GCSE Reform: A New Dawn 
of Computer Science

In the UK, collaboration with the examinations board AQA to discuss cyber security and GCSEs, led to the publication of a discussion paper that has since been shared with the government.  

View report