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UTC Reading host Cyber Security Council to address skills gap

On Wednesday 25 April UTC Reading hosted a Cyber Security Council, attended by 17 industry leaders, discussing how a national approach to developing a talent pipeline across UTCs could be developed and to address the skills gap.

Representatives from across 13 leading businesses attended this event: Fujitsu, Symantec, The Prince’s Emergency Resiliency Group, Secure Data, QTM Global, Palo Alto Networks, Forcepoint, Cyber Security Challenge, Checkpoint, Logrhythm, IBM, McAfee and SGS Berkeley Green UTC.

This council is the first step in a national UTC strategy to align the focus to meet the security needs of our industry partners and businesses at large.

SGS Berkeley Green UTC, who launched in September 2017, focuses on cyber skills and provided some excellent insights into the challenges faced by education. They briefed industry on the innovative ways in which they are working with them to drive standards and facilitate skills development.

UTC Reading originally launched the Cyber Security specialist enrichment in September 2017, which received a huge amount of interest from students. The focus has been on supporting and accelerating students’ skills to make them work-ready in industry. 

In addition, there have also been facilitated talks and technical demonstrations from Cisco, Fujitsu, Thales, AWE, Rawhex, NCA, and ISC2 at UTC Reading.

This event, kindly organised by Rob Norris, VP EMEA, Cyber Security at Fujitsu was extremely valuable by all those that attended, with many committing to running programmes with various UTCs. 

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  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • University of Reading
  • Network Rail
  • Peter Brett