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September 18, 2017

Cisco turns to the education sector for cyber security experts

What does Cisco's new partnership have to offer for Welsh students?

By April Slattery

Cisco has announced it will be collaborating with the University of South Wales to develop Cyber Security Talent alongside the Welsh Government.

Partnering with the National Cyber Security Academy (NCSA) the total four bodies will join together to create the next generation of cyber security experts, to help reduce the amount of security hacks like the UK has seen over the last year.

Undergraduates studying Applied Cyber Security, Computer Forensics and Computer Security BSc (Hons) course at the University of South Wales will take part in the structured programme with Cisco and other partners. The programme will provide undergraduate students with the skills needed to tackle the cyber security threats the UK is faced with today.

Cisco partner with University to create next generation cyber security experts

The partnership hopes to create security experts of the future.
Credit: University of South Wales

Scot Gardner, CEO Cisco UK & Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the University of South Wales on this initiative. With a focus on business innovation and skills, the country’s focus on cyber security is helping address a business critical issue, not only for Wales or the UK but globally.”

Cisco will utilise its security capabilities to support the programme with the NCSA by sharing its industry expertise on competency and skills, providing technical software resources and providing students with practical experience to help develop their skills.

Students taking part in the partnership will gain access to the knowledge and expertise Cisco has and carries out day to day, alongside getting practical experience on the job and how to prevent cyber threats through effective security.

Stephen Biggs, who is Head of the NCSA, said: “We are proud to have such amazing students at our University and believe that by investing in the development of young minds now, we can make a real difference in the future.

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“Cisco has a strong heritage in both cyber security and skills initiatives, and by working closely with the company’s leading experts, we look forward to seeing the calibre of students that will emerge, who can help solve some of the world’s biggest cyber security challenges.”

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The programme will give students both theory and practical experience, offering them the chance to take on an industry-specific project and potentially being a future Cisco employee.

Concluding, Gardner said: “We see this as an important step in not only building on a great relationship with specialists in Wales, through the NCSA, but supporting and investing in the development of skills across the UK.”

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