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Could you be part of BT's next generation of cyber defenders?


05 January 2017

Global Services

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As cyber attacks increase in scale and sophistication, we’re looking to the future of cyber security — with apprenticeships for the next generation of experts.

A growing demand for new skills.

According to The Economist, 2016 was “a cracking year for hacking” and it claims “things are likely to get worse before they get better”.

In order to stay one step ahead of the cyber criminals, we need to develop new talent, a new generation of cyber security experts, and train them in the skills we need to keep up the fight and protect our countries, companies and personal lives.

That’s why we’re in the process of recruiting more than 900 people, including 170 graduates and apprentices. These talented individuals will be trained to meet the growing global demand for cyber security experts and fill a skills shortage in the sector.

Our new recruits will undergo extensive training at BT’s Security Academy, learning about physical security, penetration testing, threat intelligence, risk management, security operations and sales.

A bright future for security professionals.

And while most of the cyber security roles will be in the UK, there’s scope for international travel, with Europe, America, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region all providing potential opportunities for these professionals.

Protecting consumers, businesses and government services from cyber attacks is an exciting and varied career. It sees professionals outwitting criminals, performing ethical hacks into some of the most secure organisations in the world and preventing attacks on myriad sites and services.

Plus, the sector is enjoying such high demand that the future will be bright, both in terms of job security and cyber security.

Lessons in cyber security.

Our efforts to educate the next generation about cyber security don’t stop there though. We also run an initiative called Cyber4Schools. Run over the summer, this year the scheme saw pupils from 120 schools benefit from a session delivered by one of our cyber security experts.

Covering security (threat, detection and prevention), the industry, the types of jobs available, the skills needed and the entry points to a career, Cyber4Schools proved to be a huge success, with many schools expressing an interest in further talks.

Code breaking begins at Bletchley Park.

To tackle the demand for new cyber skills, another initiative we’re supporting is the UK’s first National College of Cyber Security, which will be opening soon. The college will make sure that there’s an unbroken learning pathway for young people looking to start a career in cyber security — from early-stage interest right through to professional development for cyber security personnel.

Situated in Bletchley Park, the site of Britain’s famous Nazi code-breaking efforts, the college will be home to a new generation, working to protect British citizens and organisations. Only this time, they’ll be fighting against the threat of cyber attack.

With a £50 million investment from QUFARO, a not-for-profit organisation, part supported by BT, the college will be operational by 2018 and opening its doors to talented 16-19 year olds.

Find out more about our apprenticeships, and get more information about QUFARO’s plans for Bletchley Park, here. And take a look at our Security page for updates on the Cyber4Schools initiative.