On Monday 7th September, I attended the official launch of the National Cyber Awareness Course with my colleague, Lisa Page, at the Houses of Parliament hosted by MP, Alex Chalk.
Cyber security is something that I am passionate about, having spoken on the subject at a number of events and been involved with a variety of regional initiatives to increase awareness as to the risks posed in the cyber world, particularly for SMEs. It was a privilege to have been invited.
The National Cyber Awareness Course has been developed by the National Cyber Skills Centre and will initially be delivered by the University of Gloucestershire and Keele University, with plans to make the course available in other education establishments as time goes on.
The primary aim of the course is to make business and individuals more aware of the risks faced in the cyber world and what practical, cost effective, steps can be taken to reduce and mitigate these risks. It is also complimentary to the Cyber Essentials course which before too long, will be as good as mandatory for businesses wanting to contract with central and local government, as well as with many large corporate bodies.
Without overstating the importance of this issue, cyber security is without doubt, the biggest threat to businesses now and in the future, a threat that is not going away and needs to be pro-actively addressed by training and awareness. The issue is sufficiently serious that some of the largest companies in the sector are backing both the National Cyber Awareness Course, with the likes of HP, Lloyds Bank, G4S and the Digital Trust all supporting the initiative. Not only that, the course has received backing from Prime Minister, David Cameron, who stated in a parliamentary debate:
“I am again pleased to show my support for the launch of the National Cyber Awareness Course which, following the successful launch of the National MBA in Cyber Security last year, is welcome in increasing cyber knowledge in this digital age”.
If you need more information about the National Cyber Awareness Course or Cyber Essentials, please visit the National Cyber Skills Centre website at http://www.cyberskillscentre.com or get in contact with myself – I am happy to give you more information or pass on your details to the National Cyber Skills Centre. You can also contact Dr Stephen Wright, Director of the National Cyber Skills Centre, directly at Stephen.Wright@cyberskillscentre.com.
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