Cisco and the University of South Wales partner to develop cyber security talent

American tech giant Cisco has teamed up with the University of South Wales and Welsh Government to help develop the next generation of cyber security professionals.

The company is to work with the Newport-based National Cyber Security Academy, which was launched in 2016 to contribute towards closing the cyber security skills gap.

With a staggering 80 per cent of the world’s internet traffic passing through Cisco networks, the company is in the best place to provide industry insight, technology and research.

It’ll utilise these capabilities to support the NCSA programme in several ways. They include sharing insights on competency and skills, providing technical software resources and offering practical experience opportunities.

Cisco will work with current USW BSc (Hons) applied cyber security, computer forensics and computer security undergraduates, providing them with the opportunity to experience real-world projects.

Students will have access to a well-balanced education that’s based on theory and real-life experience. They’ll also be able to take on industry-specific projects and potential future employment opportunities with Cisco.

Scot Gardner, chief executive of Cisco UK & Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the University of South Wales on this initiative.

“Wales has a significant part to play in combatting the cyber security threat. With a focus on business innovation and skills, particularly in initiatives like the NCSA, the country’s focus on cyber security is helping address a business critical issue, not only for Wales or the UK, but globally.

“We see this as an important step in not only building on a great relationship with specialists in Wales, but supporting and investing in the development of skills across the UK.”

Stephen Biggs, who is head of the NCSA, said: “We are proud to have such amazing students at our University and believe that by investing in the development of young minds now, we can make a real difference in the future.

“Cisco has a strong heritage in both cyber security and skills initiatives, and by working closely with the company’s leading experts, we look forward to seeing the calibre of students that will emerge, who can help solve some of the world’s biggest cyber security challenges.”