QA Apprenticeships launches Cyber Security programme in Scotland
Rarely a week goes by without another hack reaching the headlines. News of corporations being digitally infiltrated and customer data being stolen has, unfortunately, become too commonplace. It seems that as our reliance on technology to give us a ‘connected society’ has increased, ironically though understandably, we have become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
It’s no surprise then that Scotland’s cyber security sector is rapidly growing and has become an increasingly high profile area of the IT industry. Last year a shocking 81% of large corporations and 60% of small businesses in the UK reported a cyber-breach, with the cost for the worst breach estimated between £600,000 to £1.15 million for large businesses, and £65,000 to £115,000 for smaller ones.
Can ‘Digital Natives’ protect the future of the Scottish economy?
With technology advancing so quickly, it stands to reason that those who already have a technology ‘instinct’ are the best to protect us from future cyber-attacks.
These ‘digital natives’ are those who were born into a world of technology at the latter end of the last century. Their lives are naturally immersed in social media, online communities, streaming music, gaming, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age.
An apprenticeship that is first of a kind
Because of the demand for fresh cyber-security expertise, QA Apprenticeships have launched an exclusive cyber security higher apprenticeship. It is the first of its kind in Scotland that will train ambitious young people to thwart cyber-crime, decrypt data and untangle malware.
Gary Standen, Manager of QA Apprenticeships in the East of Scotland says “Cyber security is by far the fastest, and most important, area of growth in the IT industry. Support from the Scottish Government and employer feedback validate our investment in the Cyber security programme that we will be expanding throughout 2015. I am looking forward to seeing QA cyber apprentices safeguarding businesses of all sizes across Scotland.”
The programme develops technical skills across digital security, information assurance and risk to make apprentices secure and productive in a commercial setting. In developing this apprenticeship QA is bringing together its specialist cyber security training and award-winning apprenticeships to create cyber professionals from the outset.
#10KinTech – kick-starting 10,000 careers
QA Apprenticeships is a multi-award winning provider of IT and business services apprenticeships, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and winner of Microsoft Worldwide Learning Partner of the Year 2015.
In the last five years QA Apprenticeships has kick started over 5,000 careers, and we plan to reach the milestone of 10,000 in the next year.
Since the launch of our #10KinTech initiative in June, we have already gained the support of over 7,500, and have galvanised the support of EE, Microsoft and notgoingtouni.com.
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