Steve McCabe MP supports career opportunities as part of Cyber Security Awareness Month

Birmingham Selly Oak MP, met with leading cyber security experts to raise awareness of careers in this vital and expanding industry.

The cyber security industry plays a crucial role in the protection of UK businesses, consumers, and infrastructure. The importance of this role will continue to grow over coming years as more devices are connected to the internet and more activity is conducted online. As a result there are an increasing number of roles being created in the cyber security industry, offering excellent opportunities for career progression.

Without sufficient cyber professionals to fill these new roles, the UK risks being unable to provide the security protection required for businesses and citizens to safely use innovative technologies such as the Internet of Things and Cloud services. These roles will also be crucial to ensuring the UK’s people and infrastructure are protected from evolving forms of cyber crime and cyber attacks.

Steve met with industry leaders from BT to help publicise the careers and opportunities available in cyber security. Steve looked at how BT has been working with a number of partners to provide young people with the skills they need to begin careers in the industry, and met with some members BT’s graduate and apprentice community.

Both private and public sector security organisations play a crucial role in protecting the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) from cyber attacks. With more services and facilities conducting their operations online, the potential for security breaches to cause major impact is growing. Future cyber professionals will be fundamental to protecting these interests, and maintaining the UK’s world-leading status in cyber security.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“As we move into a more connected world we are opening up lots of exciting new opportunities but we are also exposing ourselves to the growing threat of cyber crime and cyber attacks. In recent years cyber security has become a crucial industry and one that is offering some exciting new career opportunities. It was fascinating to meet with experts and future experts in this field and to hear about their experiences and aspirations in their sector.

“The rapidly evolving nature of cyber security means it is more important than ever that government works collaboratively with industry to train and develop the cyber professionals needed to ensure we don’t end up with a cyber skills gap. “

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Steve McCabe is the Labour MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak, and has been an MP continuously since 1 May 1997.

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