Online degree gets PM’s support

A new online degree supported by the Prime Minister is aiming to tackle a skills gap in UK employers’€™ information risk managemen

The National MBA in Cyber Security, by Coventry University’s Business School, was launched last week at a cross-party House of Commons event, led by shadow cabinet office minister Chi Onwurah MP and supported by the Rt Hon David Cameron MP. 

The online course aims to provide training to individuals and businesses to help them manage online security threats. 

Students of the distance-learning qualification – which can be studied part-time – will learn about the financial, legal and reputational risks related to cyber attacks and will be taught how to make informed decisions around information security management issues. 

The postgraduate course – whose first intake is in January 2015 – will also cover technical content relating to network security, but will focus largely on the management of strategic aspects of cyber risk including human resource, digital security audits, big data and international cyber law. 

Designed by industry experts and backed by former GCHQ director Sir Kevin Tebbit – who will chair an industry advisory board tasked to keep the course’s content current – the online degree will feature guest lecturers from across the cyber sector. 

Prime Minister Cameron said: “The launch of the National MBA in Cyber Security is a welcome qualification that will further enhance our capability to deal with cyber related risks.” 

Professor Richard Benham, who founded the National MBA in Cyber Security in collaboration with Coventry University, said:

“This is the first qualification of its kind and will start to fill a gap that exists in the education of our business leaders to address the commercial and human side of cyber security. To receive words of support from the Prime Minister underlines not only the importance of this area to the UK, but also the timeliness of this qualification.” 

Former shadow defence secretary and Member of Parliament for Coventry North East, the Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP, attended the launch and said: 

“I was delighted to attend the launch of the National MBA in Cyber Security at the House of Commons, which has received cross-party support and which will help to increase awareness and reduce cyber risk for organisations. 

“What is particularly pleasing is that it is Coventry University that will aim to become the UK’s centre of cyber management expertise in launching this qualification. As the MP for Coventry North East, I welcome the investment and reputational benefits this will bring to Coventry.”


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