First SANS UK Cyber Academy graduates preparing to enter the workforce

Around 25,000 people took SANS’ online Cyber Aptitude and Skills Assessment earlier this year

Around 25,000 people took SANS’ online Cyber Aptitude and Skills Assessment earlier this year

The first 30 students of the UK Cyber Academy – SANS Institute’s eight-week residential cyber security training programme – will be attending an employer recruitment fair on Thursday 15 October to allow prospective employers to meet the Academy students ahead of final graduation at the end of this month.

The students have all passed their GSEC examination – the first of three GIAC Certifications included in Cyber Academy with the class achieving an average score of 91.2%, providing evidence of the excellent start they have made to their training.

“The recruitment fair is the ideal opportunity for prospective employers to meet students and see their work,” explained Stephen Jones, UK managing director for SANS. “During the day there will be an introduction from Academy instructor James Lyne, student presentations and a networking lunch.”

The fair is free to attend for employers and each will receive an Employer Pack in advance containing profiles of all the Cyber Academy students.

“In addition,” stated Lyne, “we will give potential employers a summary of each Cyber Academy student’s initial aptitude assessment as well as access to an online portal that tracks the progress of each student.”

Around 25,000 people took SANS’ online Cyber Aptitude and Skills Assessment earlier this year. From that initial number, 250 noteworthy candidates were selected and invited to formally apply for a place at the Cyber Academy.

The application process concluded with a round of face-to-face interviews involving senior SANS staff and SANS instructors leading to formal offers of a place at the Cyber Academy being made to the 30 top candidates.

The Cyber Academy Employer Recruitment Fair will take place at St David’s Hotel & Spa in Cardiff on 15 October between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm.

*To apply for an invitation to the Employer Fair or a copy of the Employer Pack, interested parties should send an e-mail to: cyberacademy@sans.org. For more information on the SANS Cyber Academy visit: www.sans.org/ukcyberacademy/employer

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a co-operative research and education organisation. SANS is “the most trusted and, by far, the largest” provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals operating in Governments and commercial institutions worldwide.

Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online.

As an affiliate of the SANS Institute, GIAC validates employee qualifications via 27 hands-on, technical certifications in information security.

The SANS Technology Institute, which is a regionally-accredited independent subsidiary, offers Master’s degrees in cyber security.

SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports and newsletters. It also operates the Internet’s early warning system, designated the Internet Storm Centre.

*Further information is available online at: www.SANS.org

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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