There are opportunities in security and digital forensics with commercial companies and law enforcement agencies (eg police, military, government, private security and consulting companies).
Graduates can work as penetration testers (finding security vulnerabilities), forensic analysts (recovering and examining data for prosecutions) or incident responders (reviewing at-risk services and information to contain and eradicate threat agents). Career options also include specialisms in business, such as strategic leadership.
With our increasing dependence on networks and computer systems comes an increase in the need for IT security experts and demand for security remains strong.
Research released in April 2010* demonstrates a growing skills gap in the cyber security sector, and the need to build a new pool of talented people to enter the profession in the years to come. Over 90% of those surveyed stated it was already difficult to recruit cyber security professionals and nearly 60% of respondents indicated that the number of cyber security jobs required to cope with attacks will increase in the coming years. (Research conducted by the Sans Institute, 2010 reported on Cyber Security Challenge.)
"We have to improve the quality and quantity of talented people entering the profession to accommodate escalating requirements... The current system is not delivering enough skilled professionals to meet the cyber security challenges we face." (Judy Baker, director of Cyber Security Challenge UK)
"Online fraud cost UK businesses an average of £400,000 last year, a report reveals" (Source: 2010 UK Online Fraud Report reported in Computer Weekly).
Possible opportunities for graduates include roles in information security such as network security engineers, forensic analysts, information security crime investigators, security architects, disaster recovery managers and security analysts.
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.
In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.