Investigating new digital careers with Staffordshire University

"The event is an opportunity for young people to get hands-on with the latest security equipment and software - including facial recognition, hand and iris scanners - which our degree students use, as well as starting to develop an understanding of ethical hacking skills used to identify security vulnerabilities in computer networks."

Russell Campion, Head of Department for Computing

Tech-savvy young people from across the region are invited to investigate a future in cyber security next week.

Through the Higher Horizon+ project, Staffordshire University will be hosting a day of workshops aimed at giving Year 12 computing students a cyber security insight and test their employability skills with a team challenge.

Russell Campion, Head of Department for Computing at Staffordshire University, said: “Any organisation with a computer network is potentially at risk of a cyber attack as witnessed recently with the NHS and there is already a huge demand for qualified cyber security specialists.”

“Our students have had placements in a variety of organisations including GCHQ and Police High Tech Crime Units and our graduates have gone on to job roles within Hewlett-Packard, banks and insurance companies.”

“The event is an opportunity for young people to get hands-on with the latest security equipment and software - including facial recognition, hand and iris scanners - which our degree students use, as well as starting to develop an understanding of ethical hacking skills used to identify security vulnerabilities in computer networks.”

The Cyber Security Careers Event is supported by South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Pledge Programme.

Mark Waters from the Chamber said: “A recent report released by Intel Security called "Hacking the Skills Shortage” suggests there will be 1 million to 2 million unfilled cyber-security jobs worldwide by 2019.”

“We are delighted to be joining forces with Higher Horizons and Staffordshire University to educate and enthuse young people on the career opportunities and pathways that exist.”

 *Higher Horizons+ project, aims to inspire young people from economically disadvantaged areas to enter Higher Education. The four-year HEFCE-funded project will enable young people at 91 schools and 25 colleges across Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire to engage in a free programme of activities. These activities will build upon existing outreach work and include residential stays, curriculum and advice sessions, in schools and on university and college campuses.

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