The UK must ensure it creates a new generation of skilled IT professionals with the necessary cyber skills to protect businesses from hackers, according to government security minister Chloe Smith.
Smith warned that at present a lack of formal education in cyber security is leaving the country vulnerable to cyber attacks, while speaking at a Cyber Security Challenge event on Monday attended by V3 (pictured above).
"While the online world has grown exponentially and excitingly so, Cyber security skills and capabilities are not increasing at a comparable rate," said Smith.
"Our ability to defend ourselves in cyber space, and continue to benefit from the opportunities it presents, depends on building a strong skills and knowledge base."
However, Smith claimed the government already taking action to close the cyber skills gap with a series of educational reforms and apprenticeship schemes, in order to train a new generation of cyber experts.
"Closing the IT skills gap must start in the classroom, which is why we've made significant changes to the ICT curriculum, in order to make teaching the necessary skills at secondary school a new opportunity for young people," she said.
"We've also announced new apprenticeships to help university aged people enter the cyber security field.
"We face significant challenges meeting the demand for a workforce with the requisite cyber skills and we need qualified professionals to take advantage of existing opportunities who are capable of bridging the skills gap in the short term."
Smith's claims come as V3 runs its Make IT Better campaign urging more openness in the creation of the next IT teaching curriculum in order to ensure children are taught relevant, worthwhile skills around ICT.
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