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Government backs Open University cyber security course

7/07/2014 by


The cyber security course is the latest government initiative to try and protect people and businesses from the growing threat of cyber crime.

There are estimated to be billions of cyber threats to the UK from around the world every day, and small and medium sized businesses with less of a focus on information security are likely to be more at risk.

The new course is due to start at the Open University this autumn, and the introductory course will last for eight weeks.

Natalie Black, deputy director at the government’s Cyber Defence and Incident Management office, told BBC News: “The objective has to be about increasing skills in the UK generally, and about having the right skills across the board.”

The move is part of a push to promote cyber skills, such as through computing and coding GCSEs, to try to keep up with “how fast tech is moving”.

A recent Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report said that Britain has a skills shortage in cyber security, and the push for more education and courses surrounding the subject is hoped to plug the gap within the next 20 years.

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