Free programme launched
Cyber skills course focuses on staff shortages
Jobs in cybersecurity are among the best paid in Scotland (pic: CompTIA)
Businesses are being encouraged to enrol staff on a cyber security training programme designed to plug the skills shortage and protect their data.
Cybersecurity skills are the third most in demand digital skill in Scotland, according to the Scottish Technology Industry survey.
It also conservatively estimates there will be up to 2,120 unfilled cybersecurity related job roles in Scotland over the next two years.
Jobs are unfilled even though the median Scottish salary in cybersecurity is £57,500.
A free programme funded by the Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership, and aligned to Skills Development Scotland’s Digital Skills investment plan, will upskill IT workers to help fill these posts.
The Cyber Ready Scotland pilot will offer an initial 15 people in IT departments a six-month distance learning programme. Employers of these students will be eligible to receive up to 50 CompTIA CyberSecure licences.
The 15 candidates will gain industry-recognised accreditation from IT trade association CompTIA.
Graham Hunter, VP EMEA at CompTIA, said: “The cybersecurity skills gap is an issue that’s compromising national security.
“Cyber Ready Scotland will help plug the skills gaps by upskilling the existing workforce to move into in-demand roles in the high growth cybersecurity sector. If successful, we aim to push the programme wider so more people can have the chance to join this important sector.”
Claire Gillespie, digital sector manager at Skills Development Scotland, said: “We have chosen to support this programme because of the immediate business need it addresses, with cyber security skills being in such high demand, and the innovative and thorough way in which the course is structured.
“CompTIA has a long and proven record of delivering high quality training and certifications, and we look forward to congratulating the first round of graduates.”
CompTIA has awarded over 500,000 CompTIA Security+ certifications globally, validating cybersecurity skills.