UK expands successful cyber qualification
Cyber security body the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) has secured funding from the UK government’s Department of Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) to increase participation in the CyberEPQ program.
Set up last year, the CyberEPQ is the UK’s sole Extended Project Qualification in cybersecurity. The qualification is designed for young people considering a career in cyber security and is the equivalent of half an A-level, counting for an extra 28 UCAS points.
The new round of government money – drawn from the £2.6 billion fund backing the National Cyber Strategy, will help provide 400 places on the 2023-24 course – which is triple that of last year’s intake.
The inaugural cohort has been very successful with 68% achieving A and B grades in their final examinations. This year there is an emphasis on attracting students from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds and deprived areas, CIISec said.
“Support from DSIT and our corporate partners will play a crucial role as we continue to work towards build diversity in the cybersecurity industry,” Amanda Finch, CEO of CIISec added.
CIISec added that it would also refresh its curriculum, integrating advances in artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and blockchain.
Cyber Minister Viscount Camrose pledged continued commitment to the scheme, adding: “We’re investing in a new and diverse generation of cybersecurity experts and are pleased to support CIISec”.
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