With advances in technology cyber security is always one of those issues at the forefront for businesses who are constantly having to review their processes, technologies, networks, systems and data storage. There are an increasing number of ways that cyber criminals can target your business including malware, ransomware, viruses or spyware, all of which are usually intended to either cause damage or exploit information from individuals and organisations.
Next generation security
Technology will only develop further, as will the ways in which cyber criminals try to break through security, so the UK Government have launched a £20m initiative to work with the experts of tomorrow. The Cyber Discovery Programme is aimed at 14 to 18 year olds with the goal of building interest within the cyber security industry and ultimately avoiding the future potential skills gap.
One way the government are trying to encourage the next generation is by using ‘Hacker Clubs’ which the young people can enrol on. Progression for the best performers will be through a more comprehensive curriculum that will introduce them to the world of cyber security. This programme will cover things like digital forensics, programming and the ethics of hacking. It is hoped that by providing a mix of online challenges, real-world technical situations and classroom learning the young people will not only learn but gain an interest with the hope they will want to progress. As part of the project mentors will also set up additional clubs for those that want to develop their skills further.
Why is cyber security important?
The world we live in is constantly changing and the way we live in it has become much more connected and interactive. Technology is now a significant part of our lives and very much integrated in the way we operate day to day which can leave us vulnerable when something fails.
Although we now have some of the best cyber security measures in place, attacks seem to be happening more frequently which is possibly as a result of increasing reliability on technology. Thankfully there is significant investment in the cyber security industry and the government’s new Cyber Discovery Programme is a great step forward to help us tackle this problem in the future. Find out more about the programme here or read the BBC’s article on it’s launch.