Cyber Spy Training: GHCQ and Universities Join Forces

August 05, 2014
by Anthony Tempest

The GCHQ (Government Communication Headquarters) has accredited six universities to teach specific cyber spy master’s degrees for future internet security experts. This move forms part of the UK’s cyber security strategy, which was published in 2011.

According to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, these courses would help to make “UK one of the safest places in the world to do business online”.

The strategy intends to improve defences against hackers and online fraud, which is a crucial part of the governments long-term plan for the British economy.

It appears that the UK is suffering a shortfall in IT security specialist skills, with this move one of the first of many steps to improve the situation. Cyber threats will only increase over time and this initative will help to ensure that the UK is well prepared to defend itself against them.

The six certified courses that have been judged to provide well-defined and appropriate content are:

  • MSc in Advanced Security and Digital Forensics at Edinburgh Napier University
  • MSc in Cyber Security at Lancaster University
  • MSc in Software and Systems Security at University of Oxford
  • MSc in Information Security at Royal Holloway, University of London
  • MSc in Cyber defence and Information Assurance at Cranfield University
  • MSc in Information Security at University of Surrey

It is expected that more universities will join the initiative when a further call goes out to other discplines of information security, such as digital forensics, which plays a big role in identifying the results of an attack and ultimately where it came from.

Want to know more about the cyber security strategy proposed by the government? Follow this link to read more.