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Academic contributes expertise to new cyber security governing body


A University of Wolverhampton academic has contributed to a government initiative to create an official body governing training and standards in cybersecurity.

Tony Proctor, Principal Lecturer in the University’s School of Maths & Computing, has worked alongside leading industry partners in the development of a new UK Cyber Security Council.

Funded by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) the UK Cyber Security Council will provide a single governing voice for the industry to establish the knowledge, skills and experience required for a range of cyber security jobs. It will work with training providers to accredit courses and qualifications and give employers the information and confidence they need to recruit effectively.

Tony has been working with the Chartered Institute for Information Security (CIISec) on key deliverables for the council which included the development of a standard to provide Chartered Status for individuals in the profession and other developments aimed at bringing the sector in line with professions such as law, medicine and engineering.

He said: “Cybersecurity has never been more important – especially during the pandemic where statistics have shown that there has been a 600% increase in cyber attacks on SME businesses. At the present time, there simply cannot be enough awareness raising around the cyber threats that we all face.

“It’s crucial that people entering the profession get access to world-class training and guidance and that their qualifications are tailored to the growing and ever evolving needs of the sector.”

The work is part of the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy. The Council will be formally launched at National Cyber Security Centre flagship event, Cyber UK next week. Working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Council will strongly support the Government’s £1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

The University of Wolverhampton recently joined forces with Herefordshire Council to build a £9 million state-of-the-art Cyber Quarter – Midlands Centre for Cyber Security. The new building based on Skylon Park on the Herefordshire Enterprize Zone is part-funded by the government’s Local Growth Fund, via the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Cyber Quarter – Midlands Centre for Cyber Security will offer a package of tailored security testing, training, Research & Development and sector expertise to businesses and investors.

Supported by the university’s Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute (WCRI), the centre will also be home to 16 cyber SMEs and well as offering product testing and certification, CPD and short courses and cyber conferences attracting experts from across the globe.

Anyone interested in studying at the University of Wolverhampton, should register for one of the forthcoming Virtual Open Days.


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