Career in web app security from IT support?

Hi, I currently work in a helpdesk/2nd line IT support role but don't really wish to continue in this vein. I have both an interest in web development (have done some basic stuff, am aware of trends in the industry etc) and a keen interest in cybersecurity etc. I am interested in a career in testing websites for vulnerabilities and offering advice on how to remedy security holes etc.

I'm just wondering how realistic it is to 'transition' from my current role (which is to be honest not particularly relevant) to a career in web application security? Is a career in web development a prerequisite for a career in this field?

I'm more than willing to bust a gut to get there, but for financial reasons am unable to consider going back to university. I work in London but open to relocating in the future.

Thanks in advance for any advice 🙂

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