There are nearly 3 million people working in cyber security worldwide, according to the 2019 (ISC)2 Cyber Security Workforce study.
The UK has around 289,000 people whose job includes security responsibilities but another 4 million people are needed to tackle a skills shortage and to fill current and future roles. Whilst the industry has grown at very quick speeds, there are still few A Level and BTEC routes that lead to a career in cyber.
Employer partners of UTC Warrington, including Sellafield and Fujitsu, have helped develop our cyber pathway which focuses on real life projects and sector-specific qualifications that will give students the competitive edge when entering the industry. One report found that UK businesses faced an average of around 146,000 attempted attacks between April and June this year – one every 50 seconds.
Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 cyber students visited Fujitsu this week (05.12.19) for a day visit to their cyber security base in Warrington. The day was an introduction to cyber security and included a tour of their threat control room and a number of lectures from those on the job, including apprentices and cyber security engineers. Fujitsu will be back in the New Year to deliver a number of practical workshops to our cyber students, as part of the UTC Cyber Group and shaping their future talent.
The Fujitsu Approach:
- In 2020, 4 billion people will be online. This means more people and more data and more opportunities for criminals. How will businesses stay secure?
- Security Operation Centres (SOCs) need to be advanced to track human and technical data to get insight into behaviour patterns.
- SOCs are being transformed so focus on intelligence, focusing on AI, automation and analytics so businesses know about threats before they can do any harm.