We’re extremely proud to announce our support for the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the UK government’s CyberFirst programme, by hosting CyberFirst academy students for a day long series of workshops and masterclasses on Fri 28th July.

CyberFirst aims to bring much-needed talent through to fill vacant cybersecurity roles by bringing candidates from diverse disciplines and backgrounds into the field. The NCSC requested Secarma host a visit for their academy students.

As our MD says: “We need to bring more people into cybersecurity and to do that it’s clear that we have to attract people from all walks of life, beyond the traditional idea of a cybersecurity specialist.

“It’s a great privilege to host CyberFirst students here to learn more about the industry. The work we are doing here is attracting a lot of attention within cybersecurity circles and it’s great to be recognised by the NCSC.”

The next generation of cyber-experts

The launch of the CyberFirst programme follows recent estimates by the ISACA, a non-profit information security advocacy group, that there will be a global shortfall of 2 million skilled cybersecurity professionals by 2020.

Harris continues: “We’re getting involved with CyberFirst because it’s important for all companies in cybersecurity to support the next generation of cyber-experts and because it’s valuable for the NCSC and the UK government to form good solid links with leading businesses in the sector.

“Some cybersecurity companies – because of the nature of their work – tend to be very insular, but that will never deliver the increased capacity needed for professionals to prtect this country against ever-growing threats.”

Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for Cyber Skills and Growth said: “I am delighted with the support industry have provided to our initial CyberFirst Academy, offering guest speaker and site visits that show the real breadth of opportunities available in cyber security.”

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