A new cyber security boot camp backed by the government has been launched.
Minister for digital and culture, Matt Hancock, said students would gain the skills needed to “fight cyber attacks” and help keep the UK safe.
The 10 week course has been certified by the UK Spy Agency GCHQ.
Some security experts have raised questions however about the need for the course and the intent behind it.
Professor Ross Anderson said: "If I were a company, I would not hire security consultants who had been approved by GCHQ.
"I would simply not be able trust them. GCHQ's goal is that no-one should be able to shield themselves from surveillance, ever."
Named the Cyber Retraining Academy the school will be operated by cybersecurity firm Sans Institute and will be funded as part of the government’s £1.9bn National Cybersecurity Strategy.
Sans Institute said “leading cybersecurity employers” would be able to track students’ performance throughout the course, with a view to recruiting talented individuals.
The 50 successful candidates will attend the academy in London in 2017 and will receive two years of training over the course of 10 weeks.
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