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Andrew Jones Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

Andrew Jones MP

Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

Promoting careers in cyber security

Last week Andrew Jones MP attended an event at the Houses of Parliament to raise awareness of careers in cyber security.

The cyber security industry plays a crucial role in the protection of UK businesses, consumers, and infrastructure. This 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 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.

BT hosted yesterday’s event at the Houses of Parliament, which aimed to publicise the careers and opportunities available in cyber security. BT works with a number of partners to provide young people with the skills they need to begin careers in the industry, and members of BT’s graduate and apprentice community joined the event to meet with MPs. BT this week also published a 5 step plan for businesses and government to work collaboratively to grow the pipeline of cyber professionals in the UK, and avoid a ‘Cyber Skills Gap’.

According to a report by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the estimated annual global cost of cyber crime has risen to $600bn. The cybersecurity firm Norton meanwhile estimates that 17m people in the UK were victims of cyber crime last year, with £4.6bn being stolen from British internet users. Security organizations have a huge role to play in preventing this cyber crime, and professionals in this field are at the forefront of combating fraud and theft activities. BT partners with UK and international law enforcement agencies to help counter cyber crime, and has been commended for its support of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre’s Active Cyber Defence strategy.

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