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GCHQ cyber security summer school now open for applications

GCHQ, the UK intelligence agency, is now welcoming applications to its 10-week cyber security programme that will be taking place over the summer.

The Cyber Insiders Summer School has been developed in a bid to keep UK-based organisations safe from cyber crime and malicious hacking incidents as well as to identify prospective recruits. According to a report by Cisco, there are more than a million positions for information security professionals remain unfilled around the world.

Located in Cheltenham, the cyber security summer school will take place between 6 July and 11 September 2015. It is being aimed at computer science students and will provide training from GCHQ’s own cyber security experts, as well as guest speakers from some of the world’s leading technology companies.

GCHQ has said that successful applicants will need advanced coding skills, the ability and tenacity to solve a variety of complex problems, and they will also need to show that they can work well both in a team and independently. It all aimed at feeding the talent pool of cyber security specialists and in turn helping to develop innovative ways to combat a range of threats in cyber space from cyber criminals, terrorists, hackers, fraudsters and paedophiles.

Students selected to take part in the course will receive £2,500 GCHQ and will be provided with accommodation in the Cheltenham area. On successful completion of the programme, students will receive a GCHQ certificate.

A GCHQ spokesman said: “The unique Cyber Insiders Summer School offers computer science students a fantastic opportunity to enhance their cyber skills and discover how GCHQ use a variety of technologies to protect the UK.

“They’ll not only enhance their cyber knowledge, but completing the programme will also look good on their CV and, if they prove their abilities, we may even offer them a job interview.”

Applications close on 9 March 2015, so anyone who meets the criteria and is interesting in taking part is encouraged to act during this small window of time. Prospective candidates are invited to apply through GCHQ’s careers website.

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