UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 23rd April 2018

Good evening

Just a couple of news items for you this week but first…..

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Call for IAAC COI Input to DCMS Research into UK Cyber Skills

DCMS (the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) has launched a project to produce a well-informed understanding of the current and projected gap in the availability of appropriately skilled cyber security practitioners across the UK and how it might best be filled.
IAAC has been asked to participate in this project and we have offered to put DCMS (and their appointed researcher contractor, Ipsos Mori) in touch with a small number of our members who might have – from their own involvement in educating or training cyber security practitioners, seeking to recruit them or carrying out their own research into cyber security skills – have some information to inform this study. We would like to be helpful in this work because we believe that:

  • the considerable imprecision in the current view of the national cyber skills demand and supply is damaging to the UK’s national cyber security interest and
  • a better understanding of the real demand for skills would significantly help to deliver the practitioners which organizations need and minimise the inefficiencies for individuals seeking to become practitioners.

The summary questions, which will be fleshed out in detail during the research interviews with Ipsos Mori, which DCMS have given to us are:

  • Where are the current skills gaps (including soft skills) in the market now and how large are these?
  • What sectors, industries and job roles are they in?
  • What roles are being badged as cyber security roles and what ones are not currently but have a similar skill set?
  • Are the skills and products available, meeting industry needs and what is the level and demand by sector, geography and organisational size? If not what skills or products would meet their needs?
  • To identify key lessons and recommendations on what Government and Industry can do to tackle the gap particularly around retraining and upskilling.
  • The type of products and services (e.g. training courses, resources and tools) for retraining/upskilling that are available, what are organisations and individuals accessing and how, and does this vary in terms of different organisational sectors and geographical locations.

If you think that you could help in this research please reply in an email to by 4 May, with a sentence or two saying which area of the study you would be able to comment on.

New Cyber 101 Bootcamp dates

Cyber 101: Helping cyber startups and scaleups to improve their business success and access customers and investors

Digital Catapult and partners are pleased to announce new dates for the Cyber 101 programme, starting with their London bootcamps, open to applications from UK cyber security startups and SMEs.

Join them as they coach the next generation of cyber security leaders in the critical business skills to give your position the competitive edge.

Cyber 101 Bootcamps have supported over 80 cyber security SMEs in honing their go-to-market and access to finance strategies, enabled over 400 new sector-specific connections, and facilitated access to customers and investors.

Cyber 101 is a DCMS-funded national programme aimed to grow the UK’s cyber security sector. The programme offers intensive one-day Bootcamps, Deep Dive sessions and Demo Days that will enable early stage cyber security businesses to grow and gain access to potential customers and investors. Cyber 101 is delivered by Digital Catapult in partnership with The Accelerator NetworkInogesis, and The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT).

To attend Cyber 101 London bootcamps and receive mentoring and tailored advice from industry experts on how to develop and scale up your cyber business please apply here

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