Members of our Cyber Division were honoured to attend a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons, London to raise awareness of the critical importance of investing in cyber education.
The event, which took place on Tuesday 23rd January, was a celebration of the CyberFirst programme, an initiative from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to inspire young people to pursue careers within cyberspace.
We’re proud to support the CyberFirst programme in the northwest which is delivered by IN4.0 Group, an award-winning technology company that aims to ensure fair access to technology futures for all. Joining IN4.0 Group at the House of Commons reception, our cyber team engaged with Kate Hollern MP (Blackburn) and representatives from industry and education, about the need for a well-educated workforce in the realm of cybersecurity.
Our cyber experts get ready to engage with representatives from industry and education about the need to invest in cyber education
Our Junior Cyber Exercise Planner, Yasmin Ahmad was delighted to attend. She said: “In an era where digital threats continue to evolve, the need for a skilled and knowledgeable cadre of professionals is paramount.
“By interacting with key decision-makers, we seek to emphasise that cyber education is not merely an option but a necessity to safeguard national interests and secure critical infrastructure.”
A key highlight of day was hearing from young students and early-career professionals, about their experience of the industry. One CyberFirst graduate stated: “You cannot be what you cannot see.” This reinforces to us, the importance of enhancing the effectiveness of a collaborative multi-agency approach in pushing cyber education throughout all four corners of the United Kingdom.
Yasmin adds: “In recognising that cybersecurity is a complex and multifaceted challenge, we aim to explore innovative ways to foster cooperation among various agencies. We understand that a united front is crucial in tackling cyber threats that often transcend organisational boundaries.”
The CyberFirst programme aims to assist schools by creating engaging computing activities and events that inspire young people to explore their interests in cyberspace and technology. It also grants them access to mentorships and work experiences from leading industry partners, exclusive classroom resources and events, and official recognition by the NCSC.
Mo Isap (CEO IN4.0 Group) and Kate Hollern MP
Our cyber experts have been promoting careers in STEM for some time by volunteering at various CyberFirst Empower Events; many of the team are dedicated STEM Learning Ambassadors and NCSC Ambassadors. They look forward to building on this momentum throughout 2024, as part of our Social Value Plan and while working hard to contribute to the strengthening of the nation’s cyber resilience.
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