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Monday, 22 October 2012 01:51

Generation XBox - the UK needs you for cyber-security Featured


The UK is seeking as many as 100 school graduates to put down their games consoles and take up an apprenticeship in cyber security.

Never mind the tap on the shoulder and a 'quiet conversation' at Oxford or Cambridge, the UK is hoping to attract game-playing school leavers as the next generation of code breakers.

Having observed my own son's game-playing abilities (he's just 10 years old) I'm impressed at the problem-solving skills he has developed unassisted. The fact that he's desperate to apply them to his younger sister's gaming activities and 'assist' her through the various levels is less impressive!

However, it is these very skills that the UK is seeking from the latest crop of school-leavers. The Foreign Office has said that they want to make use of the skills of the Xbox generation.

Leading to a foundation degree in communications, security and engineering, this project will include desk-based study and various work placements.

According to a GCHQ spokesman, "Candidates won't just be working with the very latest technology, they will be involved in creating it." British Foreign Secretary William Hague added," It will be the young innovators of this generation who will help keep our country safe in years to come against threats which are every bit as serious as some of those confronted in the Second World War."

Primarily, targeting careers at GCHQ Cheltenham, candidates will also be offered the chance of working with the Secret Intelligence Service, MI5 and MI6.

"We face constant and growing threats from crime and attacks in cyberspace," Hague said. "We want to step up our efforts to find the most talented people to help sustain and secure the UK's code-breaking and cyber expertise for the future."


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David Heath

David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.



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