This week Fujitsu announced its partnership with University Technical Colleges (UTCs) to launch the UTC Cyber Security Group, aimed to help the students aged 14 to 19 for the future career in cybersecurity.
The information & communication tech provider will now work with UTCs and the security and private sector organizations to equip a minimum of 500 students a year with the right cyber-skills needed to succeed in information security roles and further education to help the gap in security resource and skills currently impacting the industry.
The group will meet everyone to agree with the course contents which will be delivered to the cybersecurity students, and organizations which are currently involved with each to commit to providing at least five days of teaching and training to UTCs annually over the next three years. What’s more, organizations will have an opportunity to sponsor their local UTC and to get to know each student personally.
“It is evident that there is a shortage of talent in the cybersecurity industry at the moment, which we as a nation are struggling to circumvent,” Rob Norris, vice-president of enterprise and cyber security, Fujitsu, told InfoSecurity. “As we recognize the importance of investing in the individual who will be key in fighting cyber-criminals in the future, the UTC Cyber Security Group will help to ensure that we – and other private organizations – are doing our best to develop the right cyber-skills to adequate protect the UK from future cyber-threats and attacks.”
“With cyber-threats becoming more prolific and hackers increasingly more creative and savvy in their approach to attacks and breaches, the people and skills available to protect organizations and society must respond,” added Mike Halliday, business relations manager for UTC Reading, UTC Swindon, and UTC Heathrow.
“Historically students may not have considered entering a cybersecurity professional, often meaning they missed out on career that they could be good at, and one in which they’d find purpose and fulfillment. The UTC Cyber Group looks to connect industry to an untapped source of thinking in order to meet the current cybersecurity challenges.”