De­gree part­ner­ship bring­ing se­cu­rity to town’s cy­ber fu­ture

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS -

THE fu­ture of cy­ber se­cu­rity in Chel­tenham has been strength­ened with the launch of a de­gree part­ner­ship.

The new cy­ber de­grees were launched at an event at Glouces­ter­shire Col­lege who will run them in con­junc­tion with the Univer­sity of the West of Eng­land at the town’s ded­i­cated cy­ber hub from Septem­ber 2020.

They will sit along­side an ar­ray of IT and cy­ber ap­pren­tice­ships, the new T lev­els, HNCS and HNDS and BTECS – all aimed at at­tract­ing more stu­dents into cy­ber and IT re­lated ed­u­ca­tion.

The launch event in­cluded guest speak­ers giv­ing in­sights into the fu­ture of cy­ber train­ing, op­por­tu­ni­ties in Chel­tenham and de­vel­op­ments for the cy­ber busi­ness park.

Among them was Chris En­sor, deputy direc­tor for cy­ber skills and growth at The Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Cen­tre which forms part of GCHQ.

He com­mended the part­ner­ship as a model of best prac­tice for de­vel­op­ments else­where in the coun­try.

And he stressed that build­ing a strong cy­ber se­cu­rity pipe­line is cru­cial to al­low com­pa­nies to move for­ward safely, sharing an in­sight into the need for more di­ver­sity in the in­dus­try, par­tic­u­larly at­tract­ing more fe­males into cy­ber-re­lated ed­u­ca­tion.

BAE Sys­tems dis­cussed how the com­pany de­vel­ops its own cy­ber se­cu­rity ta­lent with ap­pren­tice­ships and grad­u­ate schemes, adopt­ing an ap­proach which al­lows them to grow their own ta­lent with in­di­vid­u­als who are pas­sion­ate about tech­nol­ogy and cy­ber se­cu­rity.

And Tim Atkins, man­ag­ing direc­tor of place and growth at Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil, shared the lat­est news about the cy­ber busi­ness park which is set to de­velop next to the col­lege’s Chel­tenham Cam­pus and GCHQ.

He demon­strated how the cy­ber busi­ness park will help to put Chel­tenham on the map in­ter­na­tion­ally, as well as of­fer­ing the po­ten­tial for hous

ing and recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Glouces­ter­shire Col­lege prin­ci­pal Matthew Burgess said: “All of the talks we heard pro­vided an in­sight­ful look into the world of cy­ber se­cu­rity, from the need to en­cour­age more di­ver­sity in the in­dus­try to plans for the new cy­ber busi­ness park.

“It is a very ex­cit­ing time for Chel­tenham as it ce­ments it­self as the cy­ber cap­i­tal of the na­tion.

“The cy­ber busi­ness park is a much an­tic­i­pated devel­op­ment for the county, and will un­doubt­edly at­tract more busi­nesses to the area.”

He con­tin­ued: From Septem­ber 2020 em­ploy­ers and busi­nesses will be able to ac­cess UWE de­grees in Cy­ber and re­lated tech­nolo­gies from our Chel­tenham cam­pus.

“These programmes are recog­nised as cut­ting edge in their field and this is the start of widen­ing the of­fer of univer­sity level pro­gramme.”

Pic­ture by Antony Thomp­son - Thou­sand Word Me­dia

Steve West (UWE), Tim Atkins (Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil), Chris En­sor (Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Cen­tre) and Matt Burgess (Glouces­ter­shire Col­lege). Left, net­work­ing over break­fast at the launch

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