Brian Sims

UK Cyber Security Council signs partnership agreement with SASIG

THE UK Cyber Security Council and the Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) have forged a new partnership designed to further enhance and develop careers, skills and training in the field of cyber security.

The Council and SASIG will work together on key webinars and events orchestrated to improve trust in the online environment. One of the forthcoming events for which the two organisations will partner is the third Cyber Security Skills Festival, which takes place on Tuesday 22 February.

For those looking to reskill and move into a new career sector, cyber security is an attractive option. With a new reliance on technology in all aspects of life, this means that a huge number of new technology-focused jobs are constantly emerging.

Cyber security is a growing market. It’s estimated that the cyber industry will need an additional 3.5 million qualified professionals by 2023.  With skills, education and training in cyber security being firmly on the agenda for the work that the UK Cyber Security Council is doing, partnering with SASIG in this key area to help individuals transition into a career in cyber security was a natural choice.

Programme of joint activities Speaking about the partnership, Simon Hepburn (CEO of the UK Cyber Security Council) noted: “We’re delighted to partner with SASIG as we move forward with our careers and learning workstream. Enticing more people to consider entering the cyber security industry is crucial, and we very much look forward to working with SASIG on this.”

Hepburn added: “We will be launching a programme of joint activities in the coming months such as webinars and events. With skills, training and education in cyber security very high on the agenda for the UK Cyber Security Council, this is a very natural partnership that perfectly aligns with the core values of the UK Cyber Security Council.”

Martin Smith MBE, chair and founder of SASIG, said: “It’s a privilege to be working with the prestigious UK Cyber Security Council on the vital task of bridging the cyber security skills gap. In SASIG’s view, this is the single most important strategic challenge our profession faces. Our Skills Festivals have already established themselves as a successful way of bringing together those looking for new talent and those wanting to enter our dynamic and exciting profession, but there’s much more to be done. This new partnership between SASIG and the UK Cyber Security Council will be central to these efforts.”

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