Students gen up on cyber security firm i-confidential

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Computing students from New College Lanarkshire have learned about the growing demand for cyber security skills with a visit from Edinburgh-based firm i-confidential.

The talk, Starting Your Career in Cyber Security, took place at our Motherwell Campus as part of Cyber Scotland Week.

Security Consultant Garry Muir and Business Analyst Simon Chong gave a presentation to Computing students ranging from NQ to HND levels.

Their insight into the industry included their personal career pathways, the skills required for interviews, and the demands of problem solving issues for a range of major businesses.

Garry said: “It’s exciting to come to New College Lanarkshire to speak with so many students who are beginning a career in Cyber Security.

“I graduated in June 2018, so I’m only a few years ahead of the HND students in this room.

“We provided some background to i-confidential, what we do, and an overview of some of the companies we work with.

“There are thousands of unfilled cyber security jobs in the UK, so these students are in the right place if that’s where they want to land.”

Simon added: “It’s quite new for us to be doing this type of presentation, but we found that the students had interesting questions about our roles, and our visit has allowed us to share some career advice and tips for working in the industry.”

Founded in 2008, i-confidential provides a range of information security products and services. It recently became an employee-owned business after its owners sold a controlling interest to an Employee Ownership Trust.

Cyber Scotland Week, which took place February 17–23, was a festival of events focused on cyber awareness, cyber careers and innovation in cyber security.

According to the Scottish Government’s Cyber Resilience: Learning and Skills Action Plan 2018-20, the global cyber security workforce gap is expected to reach 1.8 million professionals by 2022.

Lecturer Paul Holmes said: “We were delighted to welcome Simon and Garry to share their career journeys with students at our Motherwell Campus as part of Cyber Scotland Week.

“We got great feedback from both staff and students, with some students managing to speak one-to-one with them at the end of their presentation.

“The presentation offered an invaluable insight into the demand for graduates with cyber security qualifications, and we very much hope to make this an annual event.”

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