Computer, network and information security are current 'hot topics'. Unlike many other fads, however, they are here to stay as we will never be able to design or build a system without having to take its security in an operational scenario into account. Recent research has revealed that IT security recruitment is on the rise, with the information security workforce set to grow from 1.66 million in 2007 to 2.69 million by 2012 (according to the Global Information Security Workforce Study).
Many companies are actively recruiting security specialists at the moment and the major software houses are training their coders in security. In fact, it can be hard to get a job with a large company, even as a software developer, without some appreciation of security.
Have a look at ITJobsWatch.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Name: Simon Kudzma
Course: Computer Science (Network Communications) BSc(Hons) and Networking and Information Security with Management Studies MSc
"Working in industry after my degree gave me relevant experience and working knowledge of IT systems which was helpful while studying towards my masters degree. Since starting the MSc I have changed job and I recently started work as technical consultant for the global industry leader organisation in mobile device management, AirWatch. I believe even studying towards my MSc qualification helped me to get my current role and I hope after my graduation I will be able to move to a senior position. As my MSc course is covering some business and management modules, longer term I'm hoping to achieve a team lead role in the company. I think in the current economic climate obtaining extra qualifications is a benefit and it makes a difference when applying for new job."
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.
The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, here students are practising their interview skills with employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.
The British Computer Society (BCS) accredits this course which means you may be able to gain exemptions from some BCS professional examinations.