A centre of cyber excellence based in Worcestershire will receive its official launch at Europe’s biggest free to attend information security event in London this week.
The National Cyber Skills Centre (NCSC), based in Malvern Hills Science Park, Malvern, has been set-up to deliver high-quality, assured training provision to businesses and organisations in order to protect themselves against cyber-attacks.
Representatives will attend InfoSec at London’s Earl’s Court between 29th April and 1st May to officially launch the NCSC as the official sponsor of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, a group of more than 50 small cyber security companies, on stand C85.
During the show, they will promote the centre and the courses it offers and speak to potential training providers about the benefits of bringing their courses to the centre.
Co-funded by Worcestershire County Council, and supported by employer body e-skills UK, the NCSC’s extensive range of programmes have been written by those within the industry to meet regional and national needs in cyber security and is expected to attract companies of all sizes, throughout the UK to the heart of Worcestershire’s Cyber Valley.
The launch is particularly good news for Worcestershire’s growing number of independent businesses, as there has been a sharp rise in the number of cyber-attacks made against small businesses.
Last year, 87 per cent of small businesses suffered an information security breach, costing them up to £65,000.
In addition, a total of 63 per cent of small businesses were attacked by an authorised outsider, 15 per cent detected outsiders had successfully penetrated their network and 23 per cent were hit by denial of service attacks.
A recent National Audit Office report found that the cyber security skills gap facing the UK is so severe it could take as long as 20 years to correct, costing the country £27 billion per year.
Centre manager Debbie Tunstall said: “The launch of the National Cyber Skills Centre is a huge breakthrough, not only for the cyber security industry but also for Worcestershire as a whole.
“We are thrilled to be working with a range of training providers, both local and national, to ensure the best possible outcomes and meet the needs of businesses and organisations in their fight against cybercrime.”
Simon Geraghty, leader of Worcestershire County Council, said: “The National Cyber Skills Centre opening its doors in Worcestershire is a huge coup for the county.
“Working with training providers, both local and national, to offer the most comprehensive training means the NCSC will put Worcestershire on the map as a leader in cyber security provisions, which will surely boost the county’s economy, attracting new business and creating new jobs in the process.”
Howard Skidmore, Technical Lead for Cyber Security at e-skills UK said: “The launch of the National Cyber Skills Centre is not only great news for Worcestershire; it has national importance because investment in cyber security skills is critical to the UK economy. Through e-skills UK, cyber security employers are working together to ensure that businesses and individuals can develop expertise in these vitally important skills. The NCSC is an exciting development towards this goal.”
The NCSC is already working with specialist companies including Borwell Ltd., BDM, Templar Executives and 3SDL to provide its training and is currently recruiting more high quality training providers to support its activities.
Businesses can now book for Templar Executives BCS-accredited Cyber Security Awareness Course on 3rd June.
This interactive Cyber Security Awareness course will provide delegates with a critical level of Cyber Security awareness; encouraging best practice, using real life examples, to safeguard your business against ever increasing cyber threats and information risks.
The centre also provides training courses for the education sector and cyber specialists.
For more information about the NCSC and the courses on offer, visit www.cyberskillscentre.com, follow it on Twitter @CyberSkillsUK, call 01684 585111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.