11 September 2014
The National Audit Office has published an update for the Committee of Public Accounts on the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme.
Responding to the report, Hugh Boyes from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), said: “While the Government's investment in this area has increased the capability for the public sector, there is still much to be done to strengthen UK industry.
“The report highlights industry concerns about the confusing range of advice available and the lack of cyber security skills. These are valid concerns that need to be addressed.
“The current cyber security skills initiatives have been focused on providing the skills for individuals employed in cyber security roles. This is a short term solution which does not address the need to improve the security awareness and skills of everyone involved in the design, production and use of software-based systems. This requires significant investment in education and training at all levels in the UK to ensure that software is trustworthy and those involved in its development and maintenance are applying software engineering best practice.
“The recent interest in cyber security and cars highlights how this is an issue that extends far beyond our desktop and tablet computers.”
Industry demand for the cyber security skills needed to tackle cyber car crime and the other areas of our business and personal lives threatened by security issues is growing all the time. Last week, a free online course designed to inspire the next generation of cyber-security professionals, supported by the Government, was launched.
The MOOC – which stands for Massive Open Online Course – has been developed with the Open University with support from the IET and is the first of its kind anywhere in the world to gain Government support. For more information, visit: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/introduction-to-cyber-security.