The SANS Institute is opening up a cyber skills academy that will condense a two-year training course into just eight weeks to produce work-ready security warriors.
It said that the boot camp would provide UK organisations with much-needed cyber security skills in a wide range of areas ranging from hacking a drone, finding flaws in unfamiliar systems and dealing with a virus outbreak.
Candidates that win a place at the SANS Cyber Academy will be highly desirable in the job market after completing the two-month training programme, according to Andrew Smith, EMEA managing director for the SANS Institute.
"The cyber skills gap is growing and the graduate pipeline will not meet demand in the short term. We need to quickly create new skilled professionals, not just hire from the limited existing pool," he said.
"We have seen many superb long-term cyber skills initiatives that seek to build the future talent pool, but until now there has been no way to address the immediate skills gap within weeks, not years."
The academy joins a number of similar initiatives, including the government's Cyber First scheme. SANS is confident that it can deliver the skills that a "modern cyber defender" needs, adding that students will sit, and hopefully pass, industry-recognised GCIH and GSEC exams.
The first course kicks off in Cardiff on 1 September at the St David's Hotel, where students will take part in a series of hands-on sessions.
"This course will teach tonnes of practical skills. It provides a safe environment to play with malicious code most people will never get their hands on," said James Lyne, lead instructor and curriculum author.
"This is a radical new way of developing cyber skills and absolutely the best mechanism to accelerate the development of recent grads."
SANS will work with industry and universities to pick students and will offer scholarship positions to ex-service men and other people who are unrepresented in the industry.
The need for skilled ICT workers in areas ranging from security to data analytics is a pressing concern at a government and European, with concerns there could be a shortfall of almost one million workers by 2020.
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