Cyber Security Month: The Skills Gap in Cyber Security

This week marks the last week of the European Cyber Security Month, the EU’s annual awareness campaign. The campaign runs an overall general message of ‘Cyber security is a shared responsibility! STOP.THINK.CONNECT’ in alliance with the EU’s ‘An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace cyber strategy.’ This project is in line with the Awareness Raising work stream of the EU –U.S. working group on Cyber security and crime established in the context of the EU – U.S summit of 20th November 2010 held in Lisbon. For further information, you can access www.cybersecuritymonth.eu.

Week 4 of Cyber Security month has particular emphasis on Skills in Cyber Security, the theme seeks to support young people in gaining particular Cyber Security skills via training and education, in a bid to grow the next generation of Cyber Security professionals.

The skills shortage in Cyber is not exclusive to the UK, it is something that is experienced worldwide. The ISACA, non-profit information security advocacy group, predicts there will be a global shortage of two million cyber security professionals by 2019.

Here in the UK there has been an abundance of suggestions as to how we can work towards shortening the skills gap, the newly-renamed Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport recently announced its ‘Cyber Schools Programme’ with funding of £20 million to help train young people. The programme is intended to teach youngsters between 14-18, the basics in digital forensics, defending web attacks, programming and cryptography through games, challenges and projects.

Here at borwell we offer a range of apprenticeships and internships in cyber related courses as well as running a code club once a week in a local primary school. If this is of interest to you please get in contact on 01684 377980.

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