IT services company Atos has launched a Cyber Security Academy to give apprentices the skills they need to protect enterprises from cyber attacks.
The 12-week course, accredited by the University of Derby, will take on 20 graduates this year, but by 2016 the course organisers expects to have 80.
All graduates will receive an Advanced Diploma in IT Security from Derby University, which is the equivalent to the first year of an advanced cyber security degree. They will be expected to take up roles at Atos.
“This course has given me the skills and confidence to build my IT career with specialist skills in cyber security. Everything I’ve learned can be applied to the clients I work with and it feels amazing to be able to share the knowledge I have with my new colleagues,” said one graduate of the course, Abdirahman Wardhere.
During the course, apprentices will build and operate enterprise-level cyber defences and manage their implementation and on-going operation.
“Successful graduates will be able to assess business requirements, industry developments as well as meet the requirements set by the government and law,” said Atos.
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