Inspiring a new generation of cyber security experts
The UK Government’s CyberFirst scheme for developing a bigger pipeline of young people entering the cyber security industry was launched yesterday evening at a high-profile event. Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office announced the official opening of the programme along with senior government representatives and industry partners, including Nexor.
Support for CyberFirst
Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) skills and growth said:
“This is the first time government and industry have come together to make a concerted attempt to inspire and support a whole generation of young people to take up a role in cyber security.
“Cyber security is a fascinating career choice which is fundamental to our modern digital society and we are delighted our industry colleagues are supporting CyberFirst.”
Andy Walker, Managing Director of Nexor, commented:
“Despite being an Investors in People Gold company and offering an exciting environment with good career prospects, we still struggle to find suitable candidates to fill our vacancies as quickly as we would like. In the current climate, all cyber security companies have to face up to the fact the demand for cyber security specialists is outstripping the supply.
“Schemes like CyberFirst offer a win-win outcome for both Nexor and the industry as a whole. Firstly, by sponsoring talented individuals and providing experience of working on solutions for high-profile organisations, we benefit from nurturing the talent to build upon our secure information exchange capability.
“Secondly, as new talent is attracted into the cyber security sector it creates a bigger pool of resource for the sector to keep pace with the increasing demand for the cyber security skills needed in today’s technology-driven world.”
The CyberFirst Vision
The vision of the CyberFirst programme is that cyber security roles in UK government and industry are efficiently fulfilled and maintained through developing a highly skilled, motivated and diverse talent pipeline for national security.
The specific objectives of CyberFirst are:
- To provide a positive perception of a career in cyber security;
- To identify, nurture and support talented individuals through university into national security roles;
- To form a public / private campaign – led by GCHQ / NCSC and jointly resourced by government and industry;
- To be inclusive of and build on the successes of existing student development schemes;
- To build a pipeline of students considering a career in cyber security.
Promoting the cyber security agenda
Nexor is proud to be a founding industry member of the CyberFirst scheme and will be announcing further details of the opportunities available at Nexor in the coming months.
As a company, we have been, and continue to be, supporters of a wide range of initiatives like CyberFirst to promote the wider understanding and take-up of cyber security including:
- The Cyber Champions programme – promoting awareness of cyber security in schools;
- The One Day in their Lives initiative – a series of videos to inspire cyber security as a career choice;
- The East Midlands Cyber Security Forum – a platform for those with an interest in cyber security to explore issues of common concern through a series of regular events;
- Cyber Essentials – an initiative to build up cyber security controls across all organisations in the UK;
- CyberInvest – a UK Government programme to support cutting-edge cyber security research and protect the UK in cyber space.
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