Expert React On UK Govt Investing £700k To Boost Cyber Skills

BACKGROUND:

The UK government is investing £700k to boost cyber skills across the UK. Is this investment enough to address the cyber skills?

Experts Comments

July 14, 2021
John Smith
EMEA CTO
Veracode

It’s great to see the government is investing £700k to help develop cyber skills in the UK. The current technology skills shortage, especially in security, has been a pressing issue for some time. It’s clear that more needs to be done to prepare for and mitigate the impact of cyber attacks - there are currently only five undergraduate computer science degrees certified by the UK’s NCSC for cybersecurity content.  

Both businesses and developers should benefit from this funding through the UK

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It’s great to see the government is investing £700k to help develop cyber skills in the UK. The current technology skills shortage, especially in security, has been a pressing issue for some time. It’s clear that more needs to be done to prepare for and mitigate the impact of cyber attacks - there are currently only five undergraduate computer science degrees certified by the UK’s NCSC for cybersecurity content.  

Both businesses and developers should benefit from this funding through the UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration. There’s a real need for new training opportunities, accredited courses and qualifications for software developers to get the assistance they need to thrive, as there’s no shortage of security flaws to be fixed in the applications we use every day.  

We know from our Veracode State of Software Security research, for example, that 76% of apps have at least one security flaw. It is therefore essential that application security training is funded by this scheme, ensuring people are equipped with the skills, tools and technology to create software that is robust from the outset.

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