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BT seeks security recruits

BT is to recruit 900 people to its security business in the next 12 months as part of a push against cyber crime

BT will recruit 900 security specialists to its ranks over the next 12 months, with 170 of the posts guaranteed for graduates and apprentices, as it looks to bulk up its security posture in response to the growing threat environment.

BT’s security organisation currently employs 2,500 people, with operations centres scattered around the world and annual revenues growing in double digits. It addresses a wide range of security issues affecting enterprise customers, governments and consumers, from parental controls to complex managed security platforms for multinationals.

“A number of high-profile security and data breaches have dominated the headlines in recent months. This has led to a surge in interest from both consumers and IT departments wanting to know how best they can protect themselves in the digital world,” said BT security president Mark Hughes.

BT plans to remain at the forefront, innovating in cyber security, by hiring some of the best talent while training up the next generation of experts at our BT Security Academy.”

The telco will deploy staff across a range of cyber security and security support roles. Graduates and apprentices will undergo training at its security academy, covering areas such as physical security, penetration testing, threat intelligence, risk management, operations and sales.

It will also lever “war-game” style security hackathons – such as Cyber Security Challenge UK and the international Cambridge 2 Cambridge cyber security challenge – to identify future talent.

Most of the 900 roles will be based across three security centres in Cardiff, London and Sevenoaks, although BT said it was also looking to hire in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

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