On Friday 19 January I was delighted to visit Energus and attend the launch of their brand-new state of the art cyber lab. The lab has been developed in partnership with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
The fully immersive cyber lab, a first for Cumbria, has been designed to support the cyber security resilience of the NDA, nuclear supply chain, and wider business, to allow the further reinforcement of cyber security best practice into their workplace.
The lab will also support the delivery of the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT) Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship that Energus is currently running on behalf of the NDA, as well as the delivery of CyberFirst, a student scheme inspired and led by the NCSC aimed at supporting and encouraging young people into a career in cyber security.
The event was well attended by a number of supply chain companies and local businesses and gave an overview of the cyber labs capabilities, as well as an insight into CyberFirst and the potential development opportunities that are available to ensure that the North West is at the forefront of cyber security training.
Following a welcome glass of prosecco and delicious canapés Adrienne Easterbrook, General Manager of Energus led proceedings and introduced Rob Higgins, Security, Information and Services Director of the NDA who talked about the importance of education in cyber security and the NDAs role in the new cyber lab.
Bill Taylor, Cyber Security Lead Programme Manager for the NDA then spoke about the first cohort of nine apprentices that are already on board and the graduate training programme that is starting this year.
Bradley Cleaver, who is coincidently one of my old apprentices and is now the IT Services Team Lead at Energus was next to take to the stage where he spoke passionately about CyberFirst and the importance of training young people to deal with the increasing prominence of cyber security in businesses. Bradley stressed the significance of local businesses getting involved with the cyber lab and utilising it to help enhance their cyber security.
We were then organised into groups to visit the cyber lab. I had been handed a VIP pass on arrival so benefited from being one of the privileged first people to see the lab. The ribbon was cut by Rob Higgins and we were invited into the room. The cyber lab is certainly impressive and includes the very latest in technology, including touch screen displays, effective sound and lighting, a touch table, short throw projectors and a whole suite of computers for students to use. I was extremely impressed at how everything looked, and I can see how exciting it would be to study in such a dynamic environment.
As the threat of cyber-attacks on businesses continues to rise with cybercrime expected to cost the economy $6 trillion each year by 2021, it is fantastic to see businesses embracing the importance of doing all we can to combat cybercrime.
We have and continue to work with a number of businesses surrounding this issue, helping business leaders to understand the consequence of a cyber-attack on their business and do everything we can to ensure they have the technology, systems and processes in place to proactively prevent an attack occurring.
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Posted: January 19th, 2018