Barry Roche, CEO of Protection Group International and Jerzy Lis, Vice-Chancellor for Cooperation at the AGH University of Science and Technology signed an agreement in Krakow, Poland on 18 October declaring their intent to work together to deliver cyber security training and develop a cyber academy to build professional skills in cyber security.
Countries, economies, critical infrastructure, financial services and people are increasingly reliant on technology. Connected people, systems and devices are a modern-day business and social necessity. As our dependency on them grows, so does the need to ensure that the devices and the information on them are confidential, uncorrupted, and available. Yet experts predict global shortages of cyber security professionals to do the work this requires.
Estimates suggest there will be between 1 and 2 million unfilled cyber security jobs world-wide by 2019. Already, 82% of UK companies are reporting a shortage of skilled staff, causing wage inflation and increases in the price of security. New cyber professionals need to be trained and educated quickly and in large numbers, to protect countries, people and business from cyber-attacks, reduce the cost of security, and return cyber security to being a routine business risk.
AGH’s cyber security training and academy will be focused on performing this role for the public and private sector in Poland and the Central and Eastern European region. AGH’s agreement with PGI involves developing the Cybersecurity Centre in AGH’s Faculty of Informatics, Electronics and Telecommunications to provide cyber-security training for specialist staff, based around PGI’s training courses that have been certified by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, as well as PGI’s mature training methodology and infrastructure. These are derived from PGI’s experience of running its own Cyber Academy in Bristol, UK.
Welcoming the announcement, Barry Roche said:
“It is now well-understood that national and corporate cyber security is critically dependent on the availability of well-skilled cyber security professionals to implement technical, legal and methodical defence and mitigation measures. Poland and the CEE region are as affected by these issues as the UK. We are delighted to partner with AGH to help develop the Polish experts that are required to protect national security, people and businesses in the region.
AGH and Krakow are the obvious choice for PGI’s first European Academic partnership. Krakow has long been recognised as a regional technology and technical skills hub. Google, IBM, Motorola, Fujitsu and many others have established R&D centres here alongside business process-outsourcing centres for Capgemini, IBM, Motorola, Shell, UBS, HSBC, Tesco, Lufthansa, and EDF Energy amongst others. This is a direct result of Krakow’s Universities – of which AGH is the pre-eminent Technical University - and their R&D.
The IT Faculty has 200 teachers and 2,600 students and there are more than 200,000 students in higher education here, with 35,000 at AGH and 400,000 students within 60 miles. This gives a rich seam of talent that AGH’s Cyber Academy can mine to find and develop the next generation of cyber security professionals through its cyber academy, as well as the employers who will need their skills, and the established cyber security professionals who can turn to the academy for the continuing professional development that they require to keep up to date and ahead of the threat.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow was founded in 1919. It conducts internationally recognised scientific research in various fields and disciplines to underpin the development of a broad spectrum of applied sciences. Since its foundation, AGH has been closely connected with the activities that support the national economy as well as supporting and advising the Polish government at a national and regional level.
Protection Group International (PGI) is a British intelligence and cyber security group which specialises in open source intelligence, cyber security, specialist capacity training, and consultancy. PGI’s Cyber Division has over 50 full time members of staff whose cyber security expertise has been grown and developed through building and defending some of the UK’s most sensitive networks. They are drawn from government, law enforcement, defence and critical infrastructure backgrounds.
PGI’s Cyber Academy training solutions create cyber capacity and capability through reskilling and continually developing cyber security professionals. Its training and capacity building courses are used by UK and overseas government departments and police forces. PGI is currently providing cyber training and advice on developing national skills to government agencies in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, as well as delivering cyber capacity building projects with academic, commercial, and government partners.
PGI’s bespoke Cyber Academy provides a unique immersive training infrastructure. This give delegates the opportunity to learn and practice their skills on up to 100 virtual machines each in their own dedicated, sandboxed swim lane. This allows them to use and understand live malware and current penetration testing techniques safely and securely.
PGI believes that cyber security doesn’t need to be overly complicated, incomprehensible or vastly expensive. We specialise in delivering cyber security services and protection, and offer a range of training courses to upskill your staff to tackle cyber threats in-house.
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