The UK government is fronting a £500,000 fund to develop cyber security skills within universities and colleges, Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey revealed at the Financial Times Cyber Security Europe Summit.
The scheme, administered by The Higher Education Academy, will help universities and colleges develop innovative teaching and learning to provide the cyber security skills needed to protect the UK now and in the future, said Vaizey:
“Good cyber security underpins the entire digital economy – we need it to keep our businesses, citizens and public services safe. The UK is a world leader in the use of digital technologies but we also need to be a world leader in cyber security.”
“Trust and confidence in UK online security is crucial for consumers, businesses and investors. We want to make the UK the safest place in the world to do business online and Cyber Essentials is a great and simple way firms can protect themselves.”
Since launching the National Cyber Security Programme in 2011, Government has invested £860m to protect and promote the UK. Last year the spending watchdog the National Audit Office criticised the programme by saying it had yet to deliver the promised economic benefits.