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Spy Chief warnings lead to £1.9billion cyber defence boost

PUBLISHED: 14:34 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:34 29 November 2016

Chair of UTC Project Steering Group Sara-Jane Watkins

Chair of UTC Project Steering Group Sara-Jane Watkins

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A joint initiative between SGS College and the University of Gloucestershire (UoG), will become the main regional hub for courses and research in computing and cyber security

A joint initiative between SGS College and the University of Gloucestershire (UoG), will become the main regional hub for courses and research in computing and cyber security as the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has promised to invest £1.9billion to improve Britain’s cyber-defences, after MI5 chief Andrew Parker voiced concerns about the “covert threat” Russia poses to the UK.

The Chancellor warned that “rogue states” and other online threats were seeking to target the UK’s infrastructure such as power grids and air traffic control, as well as trying to carry out industrial espionage.

To support the Government’s plans, state of the art cyber security training facilities are being built at SGS Berkeley GREEN UTC. The training facilities, which will be among the best in the country, will open at the Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park in September 2017.

The Cyber Security Training and Conference Centre, which is a joint initiative between SGS College and the University of Gloucestershire (UoG), will become the main regional hub for courses and research in computing and cyber security.

Students don’t have to be ultra computer savvy to study for a career in cyber security; employers are looking for great problem solvers, strong communicators, and quick thinkers.

Speaking about the new facilities, Professor Kamal Bechkoum, Project Lead and Head of the School of Computing and Technology at UoG, said: “The Cyber Centre will have facilities to get involved in ‘real world’ problem solving, simulations and scenario testing, with both the Centre and University sites connected via a secure link for collaboration and resource sharing.”

Chair of UTC Project Steering Group Sara-Jane Watkins comments: “As the world’s dependence on online services increases so will the need for online security. At SGS Berkeley GREEN UTC, students will gain essential cyber security knowledge, skills and qualifications to help protect our digital lives.”

To find out whether a cyber security career is for you, a great place to start is with an SGS Berkeley GREEN UTC open event. The next open event will take place Thursday 1st December 5:30 – 8:00pm.

www.sgscol.ac.uk

The Gloucestershire Renewable Energy, Engineering and Nuclear skills centre is part financed by the Gloucestershire Growth Deal 2015 to 2021. GFirst LEP is delivering the Strategic Economic Plan for Gloucestershire through the Gloucestershire Growth Deal; an investment of £77.5 million for the county and part of a £12 billion long-term Government programme to revitalise local economies. For more information www.gfirstlep.com

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