With recent figures showing that there is a shortage of cyber security specialists, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is sponsoring the Cyber Security Challenge. The Challenge runs an annual set of competitions which aim to bring more talented people into the cyber security profession and acts as a source of advice, support and guidance for anyone interested in the profession.
Adam Thilthorpe, BCS Director for Professionalism in IT says: “As the Chartered Institute for IT, we want to encourage more people into the profession as a whole and cyber security, in particular. With the growth in awareness of the need for cyber security, we’re seeing a growing demand for professionals and many employers are reporting difficulty in finding people with the right skills. The Cyber Security Challenge is an excellent way of raising awareness of cyber security as a great career opportunity within the IT profession.”
Sponsorship of the Challenge is just one part of BCS’ work in this area. The Institute has considerable and proven expertise in certification and the assessment of IT excellence and experience across the profession through its IT Governance and Information Security certification portfolio and career path. Last year, BCS launched the BCS CESG Certified Professional Scheme to help ensure that those working with government departments are suitably skilled to meet the demands of their job.
Adam continues: “Information Security and Assurance issues are now pivotal to an IT professional. This is reflected in the fact that over 6000 security professionals are members our specialist groups.”
Further support for the Challenge also comes from the Institute’s community of IT security experts and from one of its accredited training providers InfoSec Skills which is hosting one of the competitions featuring BCS certifications.
Stephanie Daman, CEO, Cyber Security Challenge says: “The Cyber Security Challenge offers those with a talent for cyber security or an interest in what the profession may hold, an opportunity to test and hone their skills in a safe environment. For UK employers in this space, who we know are looking for new ways to meet rising future demand for cyber security talent, the Challenge represents a great opportunity to identify and nurture talent, as well as showcase how varied and exciting jobs in this sector can be.”