Napier teams with industry to tackle cyber skills gap

One of Edinburgh’s leading universities is teaming up with industry to tackle an area of increasing concern to businesses: the growing skills gap in the cyber security sector.

Napier University announced that it would work with cyber security company F5 Networks and IT network services provider Hutchinson Networks to provide technology and training licenses.

It’s planned that the partnership, will students studying modules such as cryptography, network forensics and malware analysis will see the integration of devices provided by F5 and HN throughout their degree courses.

The partnership comes at a particularly opportune moment. Recent reports have estimated that the shortage of qualified IT security personnel will reach 1.5 million worldwide by the end of this decade


‘Drastic skills shortage’

Bill Buchanan, head of the Cyber Academy based within Edinburgh Napier University, said: “There is a drastic cyber-security skills shortage in the Scottish IT industry and around Europe. For education to make graduates industry-ready, it has to be delivered in modern, dynamic ways that mirror the corporate environment.

“The support of F5 and HN has been integral to providing our students with world-class training infrastructure.

“The partnership sets the bar for how cyber-security businesses can work with academic institutions to tackle the skills gap together, for the benefit of the industry, and ultimately, society as a whole.”