Developing knowledge and skills
York College has launched a brand new apprenticeship course in cyber security in York. The offered course is an opportunity for employers to upskill existing staff through the apprenticeship route. As part of the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology, the college has invested £60,000 in a high-tech cyber security lab, utilizing the latest virtualized working environment.
David McNorton, Head of Digital Technologies at York College, said: “The College’s new cyber security lab is the ideal educational environment in which to develop the knowledge and skills required to secure modern IT infrastructures. The British Computer Society’s Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship provides businesses in the area with the opportunity to ensure they have staff who can meet and defeat threats to their IT security.”
Fulfilling the need for cyber security professionals
Global Information Security Workforce study shows that there could be 100,000 unfilled cyber security jobs in the UK by 2022. Helping to fill the regional skills-gap in this specialist growth area, York College has students keen to take on the Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship training but they need employers to take them on.
Under this course, cyber security apprentices will concentrate on the technical side of security design and architecture, security testing, investigations, and response. They will learn how to apply an understanding of cyber threats, hazards, risks, controls, measures and mitigations, to help protect organizations, systems and people, reducing the risk of cyber-attacks and unauthorized exploitation of systems, networks and technologies.