Cyber Security Challenge UK has introduced the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in cyber security, which will be the first of its kind in the UK.
The qualification was designed to act as a response to the UK’s shortage of cyber security skills and to provide students with knowledge of all things cyber, such as digital forensics and risk management.
The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium ((ISC)2) said that the shortfall of cyber security professionals across the globe is expected to reach some 1.5 million by the year 2020, with an anticipated increase in cyber attacks the world over. Those entering the sector have enjoyed more benefits and higher wages, with 15% of the industry earning more than £100,000 per year – an encouraging figure for those looking to enter the profession.
Cyber Security Challenge UK CEO, Stephanie Daman, said:
“The launch of this qualification marks a significant point in the maturation of the cyber security industry. The subject is becoming increasingly important and for it to be officially recognised at this level paves the way for individuals to consider a career in the sector much earlier on.”
If the plan for the qualification succeeds, we will see more competition for cyber security jobs in the UK. This can only be a good thing for SMEs as they require a higher level of skill in a position that has taken on an increased level of importance in recent years, with their counterparts (cyber criminals) also advancing in technology and ability.
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