The London-based Global Cyber Academy specialising in cyber and tech-focused security has introduced #ProjectThankYou in a bid to make the UK more cyber resilient. The Academy will be providing a flat 40% course fee reduction for all applications received from UK Blue Light services or the Armed Forces (with the latter encompassing veterans).
Richard Bingley, CEO of the Global Cyber Academy, informed Risk Xtra: “Money is tight for Emergency Services workers and our Armed Forces, not to mention the Government. In parallel, the UK’s economy and infrastructure are now under industrial-scale threats from cyber criminals and external state-backed harassment. As educators, we have a duty to step up and help.”
Bingley added: “There’s little point in just educating a tiny fraction of the workforce. Our Academy is in a unique position to offer mass accredited education across our entire security and Emergency Services base, and that’s exactly what we’re offering to do. The only way to stop industrial-level cyber crime is to introduce industrial-level education, and particularly for those who are tasked to defend us. Thankfully, our Academy is in a position to give something back and, in our own way, say a big ‘Thank You’ to public servants who help look after us.”
The new Academy came up with the plan after trying to apply to be registered with the Ministry of Defence’s Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCAS) scheme. This would have potentially enabled Armed Forces personnel to access funding and earn advanced credits for studying the Academy’s programmes.
Building a cyber-resilient society
“Given that our Academy was only formed earlier this year, it didn’t qualify for ELCAS admission,” continued Bingley. “We didn’t hit the two-year operating rule. It was a bizarre situation, because certified police investigators, senior qualified academics and international book authors had written and filmed our course content. Also, our Diploma programmes are issued by a UK Ofqual-approved awarding body. Therefore, they must pass through plenty of formal quality vetting, yet we couldn’t reach in to our own natural audience. The situation within UK policing is similar where only a selected few receive funded cyber training. We all just said ‘Forget it’. We set this thing up to help people, and help to build a resilient society, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”
The Level 3 Diploma (online) in Cyber Security Management and Operations begins on Tuesday 9 October and enrols monthly thereafter. Modules include Threat and Risk, Network Architecture, Communications and Protocols, Mobile Data Risks and the Internet of Things, Investigations and Incident Response, Solutions: Future-Proofing Your Business and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Security
The Level 4 Diploma (online) in Cyber Security begins on Tuesday 16 October and also enrols monthly thereafter. Modules include Threat and Risk, Network Security and Data Communications, Databases and Programming, Incident Response, Investigations and Forensics, Security Strategy Laws, Policies and Implementation and Banking and Finance (elective) or Cyber Wars (elective).
A Level 5 Diploma covering Cryptography is available from February next year and maps directly into a final year Cyber Security degree programme at a UK university.
Self-paced and flexible delivery
#ProjectThankyou applicants receive a course fee discount of 40% on all Diploma applications up to January 31 2019. Delivery is self-paced and flexible with lots of videos, audio, exercises and real-world formal assessments. “Basically, wherever you are in the world, you can log on and learn,” said Bingley. “We have students based in most of the world’s seven continents. Our WhatsApp student chat groups are keeping us awake at night.”
Academic support class workshops are run every other month in London and filmed for those who cannot personally attend. Industry network meetings with policy-makers and key recruiters are held every month in the capital.
Will students access a job at the end? A recent study of Chief Information Security Officers reported a “recruitment crisis” in cyber security. The UK’s economy now spends an estimated £7 billion on cyber security. This figure is approaching £200 billion globally. These statistics are likely to grow even more exponentially now that the EU’s GDPR is in force.
“Although no promises can be made, most public sector and business organisations are massively recruiting into cyber and information security roles,” asserted Bingley. “Existing security professionals need to be in an educational position to exploit this sea-change. The validation of a formal cyber Diploma and close contact with recruiters is really going to help an individual’s market position.”
In conclusion, Bingley stated: “These courses provide a pathway for the individual to stay relevant and upskill, and for our country to be much more cyber resilient. In difficult times, this surely is a win-win scenario.”
*Further course details can be found at the Global Cyber Academy’s website: https://www.globalcyberacademy.com/
**Any course bookings made via the website should incorporate the code #ProjectThankyou within the application form