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Best city for cyber security jobs? Washington DC

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Washington D.C, US has been named the best city for cybersecurity jobs thanks to its many job opportunities and high average salary, while London only ranks in 8th.

That’s according to research conducted by Techshielde, which analysed several metrics including average salary, job availability and cost of living to find the best place to live for cybersecurity experts as well as the most in-demand skills to learn in 2021

Other key findings include:-

  • Singapore has the highest job availability for cybersecurity professional

  • Cybersecurity experts in Luxembourg earn the highest salaries

  • Networking, threats intelligence and compliance have all been named as the most in-demand skills

You can view the full graphic here.

The ten best cities for a cybersecurity job

Rank

City

Job availability score

Average salary (£)

Cost of living

Overall Score

1

United States, Washington D.C.

7.17

£84,628.38

£2,810.69

17.58

2

Singapore, Singapore

10.00

£55,576.66

£3,267.02

16.44

3

Germany, Berlin

3.18

£70,141.64

£1,923.93

15.41

4

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

1.58

£110,768.11

£2,562.39

14.99

5

Belgium, Brussels

1.96

£75,563.59

£1,886.05

14.77

6

Canada, Ottawa

2.21

£70,060.75

£1,969.87

14.29

7

Austria, Vienna

1.59

£72,339.79

£1,857.68

14.23

8

England, London

5.30

£74,416.00

£3,004.36

14.20

9

Saudi Arabia, Riyadh

1.18

£43,280.91

£1,211.49

13.63

10

Japan, Tokyo

1.14

£84,915.14

£2,219.01

13.59

It may not come as a surprise that Washington D.C sits at the top of the ranking — the capital is the headquarters of government agencies that employ many cybersecurity professionals.

Scoring a total score of 17.58, the city ranks second for job availability for those looking to work in the cybersecurity sector, balanced with the high average salary of £84,628 this city is a great contender for those looking to work in the industry.

Singapore comes in second place. The southeastern Asia city has the highest job availability out of all the cities examined. However, the average salary of £55,577 and the high cost of living of £3,267 brings it down.

London only ranks 8th, losing points because of its lower salary compared to other cities and the high cost of living, the city fails to make the top 5.

Singapore has the most cybersecurity jobs available

Recent graduates and any job seekers looking for a new role can increase their chances of getting hired by looking for cities with the largest number of job openings.

Techshielder analysed the amount of cybersecurity-related jobs available on Indeed and Glassdoor to reveal the cities with the most cybersecurity jobs.

Singapore comes in first place with a job availability of 10, this is followed by Washington D.C and London rounds of the top three (7.17 and 5.30 job availability scores respectively).

At the other end of the scale, we have Islamabad in Pakistan, where the research found there is very limited opportunity for those in the field. Scoring a job availability score of just 1.01 this city has the fewest number of jobs available for cybersecurity professionals.

Cybersecurity experts in Luxembourg earn the highest salaries

Cybersecurity is a booming field with the potential to grow immensely. Although there are many positions to choose from within the industry, most if not all are well paid due to their importance in our society.

If you are interested in joining the field, you may want to narrow your choices by top-paying jobs.

To get the most bang for your buck, it is also important to consider the cost of living. Any salary increase can be swiftly consumed by the differences in the cost of living.

Knowing the true value of a salary in different locations is just as crucial as knowing the pay.

Rank

City

Average Salary

Cost of Living

1

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

£110,768.11

£2,562.39

2

Copenhagen, Denmark

£86,337.17

£2,665.18

3

Tokyo, Japan

£84,915.14

£2,219.01

4

Bern, Switzerland

£84,653.91

£2,761.52

5

Washington D.C, USA

£84,628.38

£2,810.69

As the table shows, the city of Luxembourg has the highest average salary. While you can make a six-figure wage when working in this city, the high cost of living means that your money may not go as far as other cities.

At the end of the scale, sits Abuja in Nigeria. With a salary of just £1,758.30, this city has the lowest income for cybersecurity specialists.

The most in-demand skills to learn in 2021

Whilst there is a high demand for jobs, you can’t start a career within the cybersecurity sector without the right expertise. There are certain skills you’ll need to thrive in the field.

Finding a proficient applicant to fill one of the many available jobs during a skill shortage is one of the hardest challenges for HR personnel.

  1. Network: One of the most in-demand skills and maybe one of the most important one for anyone in cybersecurity is networking. Understanding how networks work allows you to get a better comprehension of how many things work behind the scene.

  1. Threats: Threat intelligence ranks as the second most in-demand skill in 2021. Being able to evaluate threats and prevent or mitigate cyberattacks is a highly sorted after skill.

  1. Compliance: From the European Union’s GDPR to the California Consumer Privacy Act, companies need employees who can assess the risk and understand the paperwork and the security protocols are needed to keep personal data safe.

  1. Cloud: More companies are moving to cloud infrastructure and therefore the need for cloud-savvy professional are on the rise. These experts need to be able to arrange, organise and monitor a virtualised environment such as SaaS, PaaS or IaaS so that they can protect data from being deleted, leaked or even stolen.

Fujitsu helps set up UK cybersecurity college

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Fujitsu has launched the University Technical College (UTC) Cyber Security Group in the UK, which looks to prepare students aged 14-19 years for work in the field of cybersecurity.
Working with cyber UTCs across the country, along with the help of leading edge Security and Private Sector organisations, the group says it’s looking to bridge the security resource and skills gap that organisations face, to help better protect today’s society from cyber threats.
The group will aim to equip a minimum of 500 students a year with the right cyber skills to be able to hit the ground running when they start employment, and to better prepare those moving into Higher Education.
At launch there will be 23 organisations and UTCs who will form the group alongside Fujitsu. Those involved will have the opportunity to sponsor their local UTC, meaning they can get to know the students personally, potentially offering them a job at the end of the tenure or offering further sponsorship to allow students to go onto Higher Education.
“In a world of connected devices, and increasingly AI and machine learning, the security landscape is seeing exponential growth with attack techniques and sectors changing at an alarming rate. In light of recent attacks it is especially important that we do more to help the next generation of students better understand the positive impact that cybersecurity knowledge can have on their lives and future careers,” said Rob Norris, Vice President of Enterprise and Cyber Security, Fujitsu. “As we fast progress towards a ‘digital first’ nation, we need to ensure we are investing at the very beginning of the digital journey and developing the right skills to support the future digital economy.”
As UTCs provide an alternative and innovative technical education for students in their final years of school, whilst working in partnership with leading national and local employers, the group says it will ensure teachers are also equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge – such as updates on the latest threats and solutions, as well as available job roles – to help students leave with the relevant and appropriate skills needed for today’s digital world.
Norris added: “All organisations – private and public – are pivotal in closing the cybersecurity skills gap, ensuring our children are fully equipped for facing future inevitabilities. As this is something Fujitsu really recognises, the group will look to empower UTC students and teachers to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of the role that cybersecurity plays in today’s business and society, preparing them to start their career in a digital world.”
Mike Halliday, Business Relations Manager for UTC Reading, UTC Swindon, and UTC Heathrow, said: “With cyber threats becoming more prolific and hackers increasingly more creative and savvy in their approach to attacks and breaches, the people and skills available to protect organisations and society must respond. While UTCs are attracting more and more ‘academic’ students, our real strength is in offering a learning journey that allows students to experience a practical education that prepares them for the world of work. Historically students may not have considered entering a cybersecurity profession, often meaning they missed out on a career that they could be good at, and one in which they’d find purpose and fulfilment.”
“The UTC Cyber Group looks to connect industry to an untapped source of thinking in order to meet the current cybersecurity challenges. There will be a particular focus on supporting students who could provide real value to an organisation due to their natural technical skill and ability. UTCs have the advantage of focusing on technical skills development, and are a real alternative for those that wish to learn hands-on, which makes a cyber UTC the ideal environment to nurture and accelerate cyber talent with the support of our industry partners.”
As part of the commitment, the group will meet every quarter to agree the course content that will be delivered to cyber security students. Each organisation will commit a minimum of five days of teaching and training to UTCs annually over the next three years.