Senior Cyber Security Analyst at Transport for London

What is a Senior Cyber Security Analyst?

Can you imagine a world without social media, mobile phones or young person’s travel passes? So much of our everyday personal and working lives rely on technology. With a cyber security role at Transport for London you can use your natural curiosity, tech knowhow and logic to make travel that bit safer.

A cyber security career is a very solid choice in a world that’s driven by technology and needs top-notch security to match. Technology drives Transport for London, too – from contactless payments to computerised timetables. As a senior cyber security analyst it’s your job to keep a very close eye on the IT systems, spotting risks before they ever become a problem and keeping up to date with the security needs of a rapidly changing world.

If you love technology and you also love the idea of adding ‘ethical hacking’ to your CV, this could be could be the perfect career for you!

What does a Senior Cyber Security Analyst do?

In the world of cyber security, every day is different. To spot risks and solve issues, here are just some of the things you might be doing in a job where the technological landscape is rapidly changing:

  • Keeping up to date with strategies, priorities and risks to be addressed. Cyber security and risks are constantly evolving, and you’ll love learning and growing in your career to stay on top of the latest developments. No-one will ever say of your skills “that’s so last season”
  • Working closely with the IM (IT) cyber security and incident response team (CSIRT). To make sure everyone works quickly when needed and knows what they need to know to do their jobs well, team-work is very important
  • Giving specialist technical advice and analysis to do with cyber security issues across Transport for London. You’ll be sharing knowledge with all kinds of people, from the chief information security officer (CISO) to senior managers and your team-mates. Not everyone will have your level of technical expertise, so it’s important to know how to communicate complex things clearly in a way everyone can understand!
  • Helping big decisions be made by recommending changes to Transport for London controls or processes that might have an effect on cyber security risks
  • Checking solutions and considering user feedback on a regular basis, so you always know how things are going and where improvements might be made
  • Preparing reports – and presenting them, too!

Is a career in cyber security right for me?

Do you eat, sleep and breathe computers? Is IT your second language? If you want a career that has a huge effect on everyday lives and how the world runs, you can combine that passion and natural curiosity with your technical knowhow to make great strides in a cyber security career.

How to become a Senior Cyber Security Analyst

Studying maths and ICT-related subjects at school will help you a lot in any technology career, including cyber security. Not only will these qualifications stand out on your CV, they’ll also give you the foundation skills and knowledge you’ll need to learn so you can grow into a role as a senior cyber security analyst. It’s a great idea to explore your knowledge of computers and software in school and beyond too, because this is a great career for someone who doesn’t just have the skills but also the tech passion and curiosity to go with it.

Hackathons, coding competitions are just two ways you can hone your skills at school.

There’s more than one route into a career in cyber security. You can take the university route to gain specialised knowledge, for example. There are all kinds of relevant degrees on offer, including computer science. You can even get specific degrees in cyber security and cyber security management.

You can also take the apprenticeship route to build up a career in this field. Transport for London offer a host of apprenticeships for you to explore. The information management apprenticeship and software development apprenticeships are just two examples from all kinds of exciting career routes. Check with Transport for London for full details, but you’ll generally be asked to have five good passing grades in GCSEs or their equivalents including English and maths (and ICT) for an apprenticeship that’s highly relevant to this career.

Early jobs in a cyber security career can include becoming an information systems officer, an information security adviser, or getting your foot in the door with security administration or IT support roles.

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