Source: Â© Crown copyright
USPA NEWS – Universities across the UK now have a further opportunity for their cyber-security related degrees to gain certification as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy.
Applications for certification by UKâ€™s National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, now open Certified degrees allow prospective students and employers to identify good cyber security courses Certification extended to include degree apprenticeships alongside undergraduate and masterâ€™s degrees
Applications for certification by UKâ€™s National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, now open
Certified degrees allow prospective students and employers to identify good cyber security courses
Certification extended to include degree apprenticeships alongside undergraduate and masterâ€™s degrees
Universities across the UK now have a further opportunity for their cyber-security related degrees to gain certification as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy.
After a rigorous process, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) â€“ a part of GCHQ â€“ has already certified 23 Masterâ€™s degrees, three Integrated Masterâ€™s and three Bachelorâ€™s degrees from 19 universities over the last four years.
With applications now open the NCSC is looking for fresh candidates to increase these figures, with degree apprenticeships now also eligible.
NCSC-certified degrees help universities to attract high quality students from around the world, employers to recruit skilled staff and prospective students to make better informed choices when looking for a highly valued qualification.
Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Skills and Growth, said:
â€œIâ€™m really pleased that weâ€™ve now launched a programme for certifying degree apprenticeships. This will be a valuable addition to our certified undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
â€œDegree Apprenticeships offer a flexible option for both students and employers, as we have seen from our own Degree Apprenticeship programme.
â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to seeing some more successful applications, and strongly encourage any interested universities to get in touch and find out more.â€�
The degree certification programme is part of a range of programmes which the NCSC and its government partners have initiated across UK academia designed to address the knowledge, skills and capability requirements for cyber security research and education.
The other programmes include Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR), Academic Research Institutes, and Centres for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security
Universities Minister Chris Skidmore said:
â€œThe fast-paced world of technology is constantly evolving and it is vital that young people have the option to study high quality courses in cutting edge industries, such as cyber security.
â€œWe want to maximise choice and flexibility for people wanting to study in higher education, whether that’s as part of a traditional course or a degree apprenticeship.
â€œNot only will these certified degrees provide a benchmark for future cyber security professionals, but also help to ensure they are ready for the world of work and prepare them for an exciting career.”
â€œGaining certification has led to a continual increase in student numbersâ€� â€“ Edinburgh Napier
â€œThere is no doubt that gaining certification has increased student intakeâ€� â€“ Royal Holloway
â€œThe has been a definite increase in the number of applicants which have more than trebled since gaining certified status â€¦ it is hoped that the increase in numbers and the benefits associated with that, will allow the Cyber department the opportunity to revise and possibly raise the entry requirements and therefore raise the profile and quality of the applicants.â€� â€“ University of South Wales
â€œThe success of this course has contributed to the University’s decision to introduce a new MEng degree in Computer Science with Cyber Securityâ€� â€“ University of York.
more information: http://www.gov.uk
Keywords: Ncsc, Cybersecurity, Cyber Security Careers, Cyber Security, Security Awareness, Training, Cyber Security Training, Write Permission, Cyber Security Tutorial, What Is Cybersecurity Introduction To Cyber Security,
Liability for this article lies with the author, who also holds the copyright. Editorial content from USPA may be quoted on other websites as long as the quote comprises no more than 5% of the entire text, is marked as such and the source is named (via hyperlink).