Sans Institute Identifies Top UK Talent

According to Sans Institute a mix of recent graduates, professionals, military leavers and cyber enthusiasts make up the UK's top cyber security talent.

Selected from 24,000 applications, the chosen candidates were based on skills, aptitude assessments and a series of interviews to take on eight weeks of intensive cyber training.

Sans Institute said they will make the details of the chosen candidates available to employers if requested.

Alex Holland, one successful candidate, said information security involves many different disciplines.

He said: "Understanding the legal and policy as well as the technical aspects of the field is vital. If you are new to the cyber security industry, it is difficult to know how to reach employers, so this initiative is a fantastic opportunity and a great way to address the cyber skills gap," he added. "Not only does it provide a new route into the industry, it also matches employees with the employment opportunities they are best suited to."

UK managing director for Sans Institute, Steve Jones, said the trainees come from all different industries and walks of life but represent the top cyber security talent in the UK.

He said: "They have already proved they have the potential to become the top cyber security professionals of the future, but after the Cyber Academy training, they will be ready to meet any cyber security challenge an organisation has to offer."

The eight week training course will provide bespoke training matched to current industry and government skills requirement, and will include three Global Information Assurance Certifications.

The first Academy will begin in Cardiff in September.

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