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Fujitsu announces launch of cybersecurity college in the UK

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To prepare students for a career in cybersecurity in the UK, Fujitsu – in conjunction with University Technical Colleges (UTCs) across England – has announced the launch of the University Technical College (UTC) Cyber Security Group.

A recent study from Tripwire found that 93 per cent of security professionals believe there is a skills gap in cybersecurity and 72 per cent are of the view that hiring skilled security staff to defend against complex attacks is more difficult in today’s day and age than it was a few years ago.

Acknowledging the security resource and skills gap faced by the industry, the aim of the partnership is to train students aged 14-19 for a career in the cybersecurity sector. With an aim of 500 students a year, Fujitsu hopes to equip students with the right cyber skills to hit the ground running.

Mike Halliday, Business Relations Manager for UTC Reading, UTC Swindon, and UTC Heathrow, said: “While UTCs are attracting more and more ‘academic’ students, our real strength is in offering a learning journey that allows students to experience a practical education that prepares them for the world of work. Historically students may not have considered entering a cybersecurity profession, often meaning they missed out on a career that they could be good at, and one in which they’d find purpose and fulfilment.”

UTCs provide an innovative alternative to higher education and work closely with leading national and local employers. A fundamental part of the group’s commitment will also be to provide teachers with the relevant tools to prepare the next generation.

Rob Norris, Vice President of Enterprise and Cyber Security of Fujitsu, said: “In a world of connected devices, and increasingly AI and machine learning, the security landscape is seeing exponential growth with attack techniques and sectors changing at an alarming rate. In light of recent attacks it is especially important that we do more to help the next generation of students better understand the positive impact that cybersecurity knowledge can have on their lives and future careers.

“As we fast progress towards a ‘digital first’ nation, we need to ensure we are investing at the very beginning of the digital journey and developing the right skills to support the future digital economy.”

As part of the project, each organisation will commit a minimum of five days of teaching and training to UTCs on an annual basis for the next three years. This will ensure that cybersecurity students are provided the right level of support to understand the Threat Landscape of today’s environment and the appropriate tools and techniques are utilised.

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