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Students will learn how to deal with cyber-attacks and study the mind-set of hackers

Cyber academy to fast-track next gen security experts

The academy will give students the tools they need to fight cyber attacks

Posted by Hannah Oakman | November 16, 2016 | E-safety

A groundbreaking cyber academy has been launched to fast track the next generation of highly skilled online defenders to protect against cyber attacks.

The Cyber Retraining Academy, funded by the Government's National Cyber Security Programme, has been created in response to immediate demand from businesses and Government for more security professionals armed with the skills to tackle today’s cyber threat. 



The programme, delivered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in partnership with world-renowned information security training provider SANS Institute, will see students take a high-intensity, GCHQ-certified, ten-week course to give them the tools they need to work in the industry.

 

The free training, delivered by highly qualified SANS instructors all active in the field of cyber security, does not require previous cyber security experience and is targeted at high-aptitude people looking to retrain.

 Graduates will be exposed to malicious code and practical challenges not seen in other training schemes. They will be ready to hit the ground running and secure a job on completion of the course.

This new academy will give students the skills the nation needs to fight cyber-attacks and help us achieve our ambition of making the UK the safest place to live and do business online - Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture 

Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock said: “This new academy will give students the skills the nation needs to fight cyber-attacks and help us achieve our ambition of making the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

“The programme is integral to our ambitious skills plan and will fast track new talent into this competitive, exciting and rewarding field which last year contributed almost £22 billion to the UK economy.

 “I encourage people to apply and make the most of this fantastic opportunity.”

Fifty carefully selected candidates will complete hands-on exercises including learning how to find flaws in unfamiliar systems and deal with problems such as a virus outbreak.

They will also study the mind-set of hackers, build a watertight business network and learn how to help firms tackle the most common threats. 



Designed to create well-rounded security professionals, the programme will also test students’ soft skills, including briefing fictitious management teams on their proposed security policy recommendations. Graduates will also leave with a Global Information Assurance Certification.


The programme will connect course graduates to industry and, through an online portal unique to the Cyber Retraining Academy, offer leading cyber security employers a chance to track students’ performance and progress.

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