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Careers in Cyber Security

Develop your technical and strategic skills for a successful career in cyber security.

Join us and help build a secure digital society

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Working in cyber security as a Graduate

In our UK cyber security team, we’re passionate about building a secure digital society. We’re in a unique position to work with organisations to drive a tangible difference to their cyber security and are recognised by Forrester as a leading adviser in this area.

We also have a role to play in researching and disrupting both our industry and those who target our society. To do so we work with business leaders, government, educators, regulators and industry groups.

You’ll be part of a growing practice, working in  our advisory or specialist cyber security team.

For new graduates joining the cyber security team we have two graduate pathways on offer.

Core advisory

Our core advisory teams are experts in their fields. They work globally to support our clients across the public, private and financial sectors, helping them to understand and reduce their exposure to cyber risk.

We help our clients embed cyber security throughout their organisations -  building resilience, protecting sensitive data, and enabling them to focus on achieving their ambitions.

Cyber specialist 

Our Specialist Advisory team is focused on supporting highly technical specialisms which help our clients to detect and respond to vulnerabilities in their IT environments. The specialisms include: Crisis Management, Incident Response or Identity & Access Management. 

Crisis Management:
Our Crisis Management team helps our clients solve their most complex business issues from strategy to execution. This includes:

  • Performing crisis framework reviews to assess an organisation’s end-to-end crisis response framework.
  • Developing response plans and delivering crisis exercises and training.
  • Supporting clients on their crisis communication preparedness. 
  • Conducting post incident reviews.

Identity & Access Management (IdAM):
Our IdAM team focuses on helping our clients design, implement and operate effective access controls to systems and critical assets that protect against threats, support business objectives, and enable growth. This includes:

  • Working with prospective clients to agree, scope and plan the delivery phase of engagements.
  • Providing technical skills to help clients implement, support and manage IdAM within their organisations.
  • Delivering cyber security and cyber risk assignments.
  • Providing our clients with trusted advice, rooted in a pragmatic understanding of their business situation and objectives, to help them navigate complex, risk-driven Cyber decisions.

Incident Response:
Our Cyber Incident Response team supports clients across our global network to respond, remediate and recover from cyber attacks. They help clients to prepare and recover through a variety of complementary technical services. This includes:

  • Performing high quality technical analysis, helping our clients to understand what happened during a cyber security incident or data breach.
  • Capability development (including improvements to our cloud-based analysis platform), proposition development and thought leadership initiatives.
  • Managing risk appropriately throughout the project lifecycle, following PwC’s processes for client and engagement acceptance.

The cyber security experience

There are many career options in cyber security. For those interested in technology, systems and networks, you’ll get to monitor and detect network abnormalities, respond to incidents, learn how to generate and apply threat intelligence, advise on identity and access management, support organisations in their response to a crisis or perhaps become an ethical hacker.

You could be responsible for unpicking breach indicators from live memory captures, deploying host and network monitoring agents across an enterprise, reverse engineering custom malware samples or penetrating client networks and systems to find threats and vulnerabilities.

If you’re interested and passionate about cyber security but feel more aligned to dealing in the business risk side, you’ll help our clients understand the benefits of managing potential risks. This could include helping with strategy, evaluating their landscape, designing target operating models, or implementing new solutions.

It’s a role where you’ll help clients resolve uncertainty and manage the complex cyber security matters they face on a daily basis.

Joining as a graduate

Whichever path you choose, as your skills develop, you’ll get the opportunity to help coordinate an engagement team, develop new service offerings, or maybe help advise a FTSE 100 Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) on developing a cyber security programme.

A curious mind and a genuine passion for cyber security is expected – the pace of change in this industry sector is so high that candidates will need to spend personal time keeping informed of changes and trends by reading industry sources, such as social media, blogs and media reporting.

Whichever cyber area you join, you’ll build up your technical knowledge and experience to be an effective technical cyber security expert. 

The entry requirements vary for our different cyber pathways.

Core advisory:
You'll need to have or be on course for a 2.1 degree or above in any subject. The subject of your degree is not important; however, you'll need to demonstrate a passion for a career in technology and how organisations use it.

Cyber specialist:
You'll need to have or be on course for a 2.1 degree or above in any subject; however a STEM degree is preferable.

Life in cyber security

Whichever part of the cyber security area you join, you’ll be joining a team that values diversity and innovation – both in its people and in the services it delivers to clients. We actively support this through initiatives like our ‘Women in Cyber’ network and firmwide Colourbrave initiative.

PwC recognises that its graduate joiners are its leaders of tomorrow and your development path will be structured according to which part of the team you join. There will be opportunities to develop your cyber-specific technical skills through a range of industry-recognised qualifications, as well as the soft skills that are vital to becoming a well-rounded professional.

Our focus on being at the cutting edge of our industry means you’ll be exposed to a wide range of client engagements, in-house research, and transformational projects.

The future of cyber security

Our purpose of building a secure digital society has never been more relevant and there are so many examples of where we’re bringing this to life each day at PwC UK. What we do matters – we’re protecting businesses and improving society.

Our aim is to meet the pressing demands of our clients and you can be a part of that journey helping bring our purpose to life. Our clients want fact-based opinions and they want us to make a tangible difference. All with the backdrop of huge cost pressure, enormous technology disruption and a growing cyber threat.

We have five key strategic platforms that help us meet this demand, with data at the heart of what we do. By starting and developing your career with us you will be learning from experts in their field and you will be at the forefront of building our future strategy.