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Gloucestershire IT security centre given investment of £3 million

Published: Wednesday, 10 August 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A brand new IT security education and conference centre has been granted a £3 million investment from the Gloucestershire Growth Deal.

GFirst LEP, the local enterprise partnership within the county, gave approval for £3 million to be invested into the centre in order to develop new security facilities for the area.

The University of Gloucestershire (UoG) and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGSC) worked together to form the Cyber Security Training and Conference Centre, and both will benefit from the investment.

Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park, Berkeley, will also use the facilities within the centre in order to provide science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills development. It will also offer business training and development for the county.

The site, which is based in Cheltenham, will be developed into the regional centre for higher education courses, as well as for research in computing and IT security at undergraduate, doctorate and post graduate levels.

Tackle real world problems

Both the university and the cyber centre will have all the necessary facilities for everyone to get involved and tackle real world problem solving and simulations using open and digitally sealed labs for resilience training and scenario testing. Both sites will be connected with a secure link for collaboration and resource sharing.

A lot of investment is currently being made in the area of cyber securing, with particular attention on educating future generations of cyber professionals.

The driving force

The recent security breaches that have affected a lot of companies around the world, including some within the UK, are the reason behind the bid to ensure cyber professionals receive the best possible education.

Professor Kamal Bechkoum, from the University of Gloucestershire, who is heading the project, believes individual businesses that create cyber security roles are helping both themselves and the customers whose data they hold.

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