Many people who work in the field of cyber security like jobs that give them the flexibility to work from home some of the time, and in the office for the rest of the week. Others do prefer to work permanently from home, or permanently in the office.
Employers on the whole have traditionally prefered people to come into the office, but have in recent years shown a willingness to let you work from home.
Cyber security jobs tend to be more flexible on the whole, because employers recognise that much of the work is done online, and can be done remotely as well.
One of the reasons for this, is that a lot of cyber security work needs to be done 24/7, 365 days a year, and most staff involved in this type of work will need to do different shift patterns.
This can be easier to manage if the work can be done from home, or if it does need to be done in an office, people will want jobs close to where they live.
This does of course come with challenges in terms of network security itself, but these issues tend to be well known in advance and are normally easily resolvable.
The value to an employee of remote working is that they can work from home. People on the whole like to work near to where they live, for ease of commute and because it gives them more leisure and family time.
Being able to work from home is a good option where it is practicable to do so.
The world of covid has made remote working normal for a lot of people, both in cyber security jobs and from many organisations and companies as well.
Peoples mindsets have been forced to switch to remote working as being normal, and the idea of working in an office has almost become the abnormal.
Whether or not this remains the case once covid has receded is obviously not known at the moment.
What is clear, if both employers and employees have experienced more flexibility in this area than previously, and any future job openings should be able to reflect this.
It is something that should be open to negotiation, and is likely to become a more normal part of people’s work life balance going forward.