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World first cyber security training centre opens in Bristol

23/09/2014 by

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A world-first cyber crime fighting training centre opened in Bristol aiming to help businesses government agencies and even police forces keep ahead of this growing threat.

The centre, run by Protection Group International, was opened by Organised Crime Minister Karen Bradley, who said it was a “major step forward” in the ongoing fight against cyber crime.

She said: “To stay one step ahead of the cyber criminals, we need to ensure enough people in all sectors of the economy have the right skills to understand and take action against the threat they pose.

“PGI’s innovative training facility is an excellent example of how British know-how and capability can help governments and businesses around the world protect themselves in cyberspace.”

The £5-million centre in Aztec West is the first of its kind and already employs 50 people recruited from specialist fields.

Chief executive Barry Roche told the Post Bristol was the perfect site for its new facility.

“Bristol rose to the top of the shortlist very quickly because of the talent pool in the South West,” he said. “Bristol has a long technology heritage as well as fantastic transport links. It is the right place.”

Customers range from large corporate firms to public sector organisations such as councils and police forces and foreign governments.

The 4,000 square metre facility includes three classrooms and a dedicated network, giving people the chance to work in a so-called sandbox – a safe environment where they can play around without fear of damaging their own network.

Barry said training courses for IT and cyber security professionals are “very technical”. But there are also courses for chief executives and board members, with facilities to host board meetings on site at the same time.

He said it was often at the highest level of an organisation that awareness and understanding of cyber crime was lowest.

“The need for organisations to protect themselves against cyber crime has never been greater,” he said. “Regulators, customers and employees all expect their data to be kept secure and the burden of accountability rests squarely with those responsible for maintaining that security.

This article has been extracted from http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/, please click on this link to read the article in full http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/World-cyber-security-training-centre-opens/story-22962484-detail/story.html#WLFSs3Ojv8XMAUGV.99

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