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Cyber security industry aims to increase diversity

Aug 22
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The UK cyber security industry is relatively well-developed. However, one issue it has had for a while is a growing skills gap, which is something that cyber security minister Nigel Adams is intending to tackle with the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF), for which the third round of funding has just been announced.

The aim of the fund is to tackle the skills gap by increasing both the number of people applying for cyber security jobs and the diversity of those applicants. Training providers can bid for a grant of up to £100,000, which will enable them to design programmes designed to reskill professionals to enable them to work in the cyber security field.

Providers would work with existing employers to tailor the programmes to what the industry is currently in need of, with the overall aim to recruit a more diverse workforce. Mr Adams said: “The UK is a world leader in tackling cyber attacks but we must make sure we continue to develop the talent we need to protect the public and business online.”

He also announced the appointment of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as the organisation in charge of creating a new UK Cyber Security Council. The purpose of such an organisation would be to help better structure the cyber security industry, making it easier for professionals to navigate while also promoting and supporting excellence wherever possible. 

The IET will be working alongside the government and the National Cyber Security Centre to make sure these goals are met, with a focus on developing the specialist skills the industry is running low on.

Mr Adams added: “This latest round of funding demonstrates our commitment to make sure the UK’s cyber security industry has a skilled and diverse workforce and, through our new Cyber Security Council, there are clear paths for those wishing to join the profession.”

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