New cyber training launched

A new scheme is being launched to provide students with the skills to succeed in the cyber security industry.

The Cyber Security Challenge UK and partners have launched a new EPQ qualification aimed at providing a level 3 qualification – the equivalent of an AS level  – worth up to 70 UCAS points, making it a potential contributor toward university admission requirements.

The new scheme will provide students with the necessary understanding of the growing cyber-security area. Cyber Security Challenge UK  developed the qualification in cooperation with (ISC)2, City & Guilds and the Heart of Worcestershire College.

To put the growth of the sector into context, (ISC)2 estimates that by 2020 there will be a global shortfall of 1.5 million in the cyber-security workforce.

Stephanie Daman, CEO of Cyber Security Challenge UK said: “The launch of this qualification marks a significant point in the maturation of the cyber security industry. The subject is becoming increasingly important and for it to be officially recognised at this level paves the way for individuals to consider a career in the sector much earlier on. You don’t need to be a maths genius or ‘computer geek’ to find a role; cyber security encompasses such a wide range of areas – from risk management to biometrics to behaviour analytics.