A cyber security academy has been launched by Protection Group International (PGI) to train employees to identify and offset cyber threats.
The UK risk management and security firm opened the facilities to offer IT staff and IT outsourcers courses in data security. Courses will take place at its purpose-built 15,000 sq ft facility in Bristol.
Courses at the academy range from raising the general awareness of cyber security through to complex operational digital forensics and advanced threat methodology.
Students will learn how to find and eliminate cyber threats through network traffic forensics, how to discover malicious network activity indicators, file forensics, how to perform volatile memory forensics, cross-site scripting and SQL injection.
They will also learn how to discover and analyse malware, tunnelling techniques such as SSH and pivoting, metasploit exploits and network-based scanning and enumeration using command line tools.
Students will get the chance to experience real-life scenarios, through the academy’s software, to learn both theory and hands-on security training.
The courses are also open to board members and senior management to give an overview of cyber security threats in business terms.
Karen Bradley, the minister for modern slavery and organised crime, said the government is committed to tackling cyber crime: “Through the National Cyber Security Programme has taken decisive action to transform the UK’s response.
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“To stay one step ahead of the cyber criminals, we need to ensure enough people in all sectors of the economy have the right skills to understand and take action against the threat they pose.”
Barry Roche, PGI’s chief executive, said: “The need for organisations to protect themselves against cyber crime has never been greater. Regulators, customers and employees all expect their data to be kept secure and the burden of accountability rests squarely with those responsible for maintaining that security.
"Whether you’re a board member, IT manager or IT professional, ensuring you’re not the weak link when it comes to cyber security is a business critical issue.
“PGI’s cyber academy has been designed and developed to equip management and IT professionals with the real world knowledge and skills they require to address this challenge and become an effective first line of defence against cyber threats. We are immensely proud of the people and technology we have brought together to deliver it.”
According to Brian Lord, managing director for Cyber at PGI, and GCHQ’s former deputy director for intelligence and cyber operations the digitally enabled world helps consumers and business, but there will always be those who seek to exploit what is good for malign purposes.
“Criminals are developing malware, identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities and using increasingly innovative techniques at a rate which is challenging to match," he said.
“The ready availability of free malware which just about anyone can use to hack into corporate systems or steal from e-commerce sites means that every organisation has to consider its defence and response."