Time to get a job in Cyber Security?

UK companies face a chronic shortage of specialist cyber security workers according to a survey released by ISC², a professional organisation for security professionals.

The report concludes that there will be a worldwide 1.8m workforce gap in security professionals between now and 2022 with 66% of British companies facing a chronic understaffing.

This news comes on the day (14th February 2017) that the Queen is to open a new centre to protect the UK against cyber-attacks.

As part of a 5 year, £1.9bn investment announced in November 2016, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) says the UK is facing about 60 serious cyber-attacks per month.

Alongside protecting against high end attacks on the UK and government (as part of GCHQ the intelligence agency), with the UK digital sector estimated to be worth over £118bn per year, the NCSC also aims to protect the economy and wider society and the chancellor is anticipated to announce the creation of an “Industry 100” scheme, which will grant 100 NCSC secondments to private sector staff.

The department for Culture, Media and Sport has also announced that thousands of teenagers will be given lessons in cyber security.

The Cyber Schools Programme aims to train 5,700 teenagers aged between 14 and 18 over the next 5 years in the key skills needed to work in cyber security.

This comes following warnings by MPs that the Government’s ability to protect the UK from cyber-attacks is being severely undermined by a skills shortage.

These announcements clearly show career opportunities for cyber security professionals so get yourself trained up and qualified to take advantage today.

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