Buckinghamshire New University is to host a regional cyber security recruitment and showcase event at its High Wycombe Campus aimed at attracting new people to what is a growing industry.
The Cyber Security Challenge UK is holding the free event at the University’s Campus in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe from 10.00 am-5.00 pm on Friday 4 July.
The day is designed for anyone with an interest in the cyber security sector, including school pupils making career choices, further and higher education students and those looking for a change of career.
The event comprises two half-day seminars, interactive sessions with the chance to play simulation computer games and the opportunity to meet cyber security employers from across the country who will be exhibiting and highlighting the range of roles available in the profession.
Bringing talented people into the profession
The Cyber Security Challenge UK aims to bring talented people into the profession and holds competitions and initiatives for people (including schoolchildren) to find out more about the industry.
Phil Wood MBE, head of the Departments of Security and Resilience and Computing at Bucks New University, will be introducing the first seminar. This is designed for local small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to inform them about cyber security threats, including details of Government initiatives to combat cyber crime.
The second seminar will be introduced by Professor Ruth Farwell (vice chancellor of Bucks New University) and is for girls and women considering a cyber security role. It’s aimed at people including those already in the industry who could share knowledge and experience, as well as businesses looking to encourage the recruitment and retention of women.
Phil Wood leads the development and delivery of resilience-related educational programmes at Bucks New University, including the Business Continuity Institute Diploma and MSc in Organisational Resilience.
“This is an exciting regional event showcasing what is offered in the cyber security industry,” commented Wood. “We would like as many people as possible to come along and find out how they could pursue a career in cyber security. With computer systems, the Internet and our use of mobiles as the basis of everything we do in business or in our social lives, there are growing threats to be faced by businesses and this brings an increased range of career opportunities aimed at dealing with them.”
Foundation Degree in Cyber Security
The event comes at a time when Bucks New University is also developing a new Foundation Degree in Cyber Security at its partner organisation, Aylesbury College, which is due to welcome its first students in September 2014.
The course is being delivered by Bucks New University and Aylesbury College through their partnership, Buckinghamshire Education Skills and Training (BEST), and places are still available.
A Cyber Security Centre is also set to be opened in September 2015 at The Aylesbury Centre, which will be a landmark £16.5 million education centre in Aylesbury led by Buckinghamshire New University, Aylesbury College and Aylesbury Vale District Council.
To find out more about the Cyber Security Challenge UK event and to reserve tickets visit: http://www.cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/careers.php