UK government providing ‘cyber curriculum’, managing cyber security skills gap
According to reports, the UK government is offering cyber security training to teenagers in schools in order to address the cyber security skills gap. The new Cyber Schools Programme is dedicated to impart and inspire school children to develop key skills needed to work in the budding cyber security sector.
- Fariha Khan
- February 14, 2017
New figures from sources reveal that that there are already 58,000 cyber security specialists in the growing sector worth £22bn per year. But, reports have also emphasized a disturbing skills dearth across the sector. The program might help defend UK businesses in the future against online perils, which have been threatened by about 200 high-level cyber-attacks in the last 3 months.
In a recent interview Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) expressed that a number of attacks “threatened national security.” He also stated that the newspaper that attempts on government departments were designed to “extract information on UK government policy on anything from energy to diplomacy to information on a public sector.” Led by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), the new programme has set aside up to £20m to deliver the extracurricular school programme that targets to have at least 5,700 teenagers educated by 2021.
Learners are expected to commit to 4 hours a week for training that will classroom-based and online teaching as part of the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme. The programme is to start in September 2017 and will be checked next year.