Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery met with cyber security apprentices, experts and graduates this week to raise awareness of job opportunities in the industry.
The sector is vital to the UK competing on the global stage and protecting its business and infrastructure, and George met with young people from BT for the Westminster event, which was part of Cyber Security Awareness Month.
George was told that without sufficient cyber professionals to fill new roles, the UK risks being unable to provide the security protection required for businesses and citizens to safely use innovative technologies such as the Internet of Things and Cloud services.
These roles will also be crucial to ensuring the UK and and its infrastructure are protected from evolving forms of cybercrime and cyber attacks.
“We need to attract the best and brightest into this industry to address any fears there could be a cyber skills gap in the future and ensure the UK and its citizens are safe from cyber threats,” said George, who is also the trade policy minister.
“Companies like BT are working with the Government to offer the right opportunities and training programmes to help.
“These include competition-based challenges such as ‘Cyber Security Challenge UK’ and businesses and Government are collaborating to educate children at school age using the ‘CyberFirst’ initiative.”
George also met his constituent and Hampshire’s chief officer for the special constabulary, Tom Haye, at the event.
Tom is the lead for the Cyber Specials and Cyber Volunteers (CSCV) programme which is helping police forces across the UK fight cyber crime using volunteer special constables with expert skills in cyber threats.