Are you concerned about the availability of skilled cyber security professionals for your business and suppliers? You can help to address this problem, by becoming part of a new initiative which provides your organisation with an opportunity to:
In its 2011 UK Cyber Security Strategy, the Government identified the problem of maintaining an adequate supply of relevant skills and declared an intention to “… promote the development of a cadre of skilled cyber security professionals so that the UK continues to retain its edge in this area”. Supported by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, this initiative from the Cyber Security Skills Alliance, led by the IET, has been launched to support the drive to increase development and maintenance of cyber skills and raise awareness of the need for these in industry.
The IET is leading the Alliance’s first project to launch a scheme promoting education at Masters-level in cyber security. This scheme brings together employers and universities to provide the financial backing and latest knowledge in cyber security to encourage and support talented individuals in acquiring the skills required to protect commerce and infrastructure in the UK.
The scheme will be launched as a pilot in 2013, using existing MSc courses at four universities (De Montfort, Lancaster, Plymouth and Warwick), and developed further from 2014 onwards with an extended coverage of courses and providers as well as further support for the Alliance alumni in their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
A crucial element of the programme is the ability for students, employers and course providers to share information on the latest cyber security threats and techniques. The scheme will provide a channel for dissemination of the latest cyber security research to students, graduates and sponsors. As the scheme moves from the pilot phase, this will be further enhanced by the development of a sustainable suite of CPD.
As a sponsor you will benefit from:
The commitment to sponsor a student is £12,000, covering a substantial contribution to the individual’s course fees and an administration fee which supports delivery of the annual networking conference and seminars. There is no limit to the number of students an organisation can sponsor.
You may also wish to:
A sponsor may use this route to develop existing staff members, or may take the opportunity to contribute to a growing pool of cyber security talent. There is no limit to the number of students any organisation can sponsor, and this presents an opportunity to enhance skills across your organisation as well as your supply chain – developing experience and understanding in collaboration. There will be three routes through which a student can be sponsored*
*Acceptance of sponsors and students is subject to agreement of the Cyber Security Skills Alliance.