Cyber security protects data, devices, networks, people and programs from attack, theft, damage or any unauthorised access of any kind.
Cyber security awareness and skills are vital for the whole of society, and it's not just big organisations that need protected.
From an individual's perspective, we store lots of personal information on our devices, so it’s important we keep safe online, and any small company that has an online presence, or uses digital processes and tools, needs to ensure they are also cyber safe.
Eight in 10 security professionals said finding security skills had become much harder. Some 47% said they were already experiencing a cyber security skills gap
Ginni Rometty, IBM’s Chairman, President and CEO, said: “Cybercrime is the greatest threat to every company in the world”
Although technical skills are important, analysts also need to understand how to hone their soft skills such as communicating and collaborating with other departments to resolve issues.
88% of organisations around the world experienced spear phishing attempts in 2019
There were 413,687 job postings for Health Information Security professionals alone posted between October 2019 to September 2020
Industry in the classroom
We have been working with people in the cyber security sector, who have unique real-world experience to share with our young people, to show them what it’s really like to work in tech. This is a great opportunity to inspire the "digital humans" of the future. Taking authentic experience of working in the digital world into the classroom gives pupils a unique chance to learn more from a seasoned professional.
By talking about their role, what they do in their job and answering students' questions about working in tech, they will help pupils to understand the digital world better. Not only that, but by talking about the other teams they work with, they can introduce them to the huge variety of roles in the tech industry.
How does this work?
If you’re someone from industry wanting to engage with schools, get in touch with Debbie McCutcheon at Skills Development Scotland.
How do I get my class involved?
If you would like to invite industry to virtually engage with your pupils, then get in touch with Debbie McCutcheon at Skills Development Scotland.