Plans have been announced to teach children about careers in cyber-security.
The department for Business, Innovations and Skills said new learning materials would be offered to UK schools to publicise jobs in the sector.
A recent report said limited awareness of cyber-security as a profession had created a skills shortage; and the latest plans said teachers would be given training in how to inform children about this new, developing subject area.
Security Consultant Graham Cluely said: "There's no doubt that as more and more of our lives rely upon the internet, the need for a capable, security-savvy workforce increases. Of course, this goes beyond private enterprises.
"The authorities, including the police and intelligence agencies, need experts in computer security to combat online criminals and thwart internet attacks.
"My worry would be that public authorities will not have the budget to properly pay for cyber-security expertise, and the best talent will remain in silos in private enterprise instead."
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