IET responds to cyber security announcement

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has announced new initiatives to help young people kick start a career in cyber security.

Hugh Boyes from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), said: “With increasing threats to systems and new vulnerabilities emerging daily, there is an urgent need to develop a pipeline of qualified and experienced cyber security professionals to safeguard our systems and infrastructure in the future.

“Our own research highlighted that a significant lack of skilled workers is hampering the UK's fight against cyber-crime. The new initiatives announced today will go some way to plugging the skills gap in this area but there is still much to be done to strengthen the UK’s cyber security industry, which is worth £6 billion a year.

“Put simply, we need significant investment in education and training at all levels in the UK so that more people will enter the profession and help us fight cyber-crime in the years ahead.”


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