Become a Cyber Security Specialist

Cyber security specialists work in a range of fields, protecting the data and networks of both public and private sector organisations. Learn about the cyber security skills you'll need for the job and get them with short online cyber security courses.

  • Median base salary

  • Entry requirements

    2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • UK job openings/month

  • Job satisfaction


What skills do you need for a job in cyber security?

  • Technical background

    Most professional cyber security specialists already have a technical background, whether a computer science or mathematics degree, or hands-on experience of administering IT systems.

  • Specialist knowledge

    There are a range of specialisms within a cyber security career. You could choose between fields such as network security or app security, or specific roles such as security analyst or ethical hacker.

  • Industry certifications

    As you specialise and progress in your cyber security career, you’ll need to achieve specific qualifications. There a wealth of certifications to choose from, depending on your route.

  • Soft skills

    Understanding risks, developing strategies to protect organisations from them, and communicating your thinking clearly – often to laypeople – is a key part of working in cyber security too.

Develop these skills. Take short cyber security courses online

What do experts think of these cyber security courses?

"If you want an introduction to the subject that provides an overview or to improve your own personal information security, it is an excellent course - enjoyable, informative, engaging and authoritative."

"I was impressed. The content is really relevant and dynamic and not just your basic security tips - there’s a bit more to it than that. It’s very user interactive."

How to take cyber security courses online

Learn flexibly online

Develop valuable skills with a short, online cyber security course wherever you are. Start learning for free, on desktop, tablet or mobile.

Buy a course upgrade or subscribe to Unlimited for extra benefits

Buy a course upgrade for ongoing access to the course content, tests, and the chance to gain a Certificate of Achievement. Subscribe to Unlimited for access to hundreds of short courses and the ability to keep access to courses you gain a certificate on.

Meet cyber security experts

Learn the latest thinking from experts at top universities. Network with cyber security specialists all over the world.

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1-31 October 2019

October 2019 is European Cyber Security Month, it aims to raise awareness of and promote cyber security among citizens and organisations. FutureLearn has a range online cyber security courses, enabling you to:

  • Improve your awareness of cyber security threats
  • Find out how to protect your personal information online
  • Protect the organisation you work for – whether it’s large or small

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