BT is looking to hire 900 staff over the next 12 months to work in its security business, in what the company said is a drive to protect consumers, businesses and governments from the growing threat of cyber crime.
The recruits will work in a range of cyber security and related support roles.
BT said that it already employs more than 2,500 security professionals but will hire 170 graduates and apprentices as part of the recruitment intake to meet the growing demand for cyber security services.
They will undergo training in BT's Security Academy in a range of areas, including physical security, penetration testing, threat intelligence, risk management, security operations and sales.
The majority of the roles will be based in the UK, many at BT's security operations centres in London, Sevenoaks and Cardiff. BT is also looking to hire security specialists from across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Mark Hughes, president of BT Security, explained that the move was required as the risks from cyber attacks proliferate.
“A number of high-profile security and data breaches have dominated the headlines in recent months, and this has led to a surge in interest from consumers and IT departments wanting to know how best they can protect themselves in the digital world,” he said.
“BT plans to remain at the forefront, innovating in cyber security by hiring some of the best talent while training the next generation of experts at our BT Security Academy.”
The telecoms company is holding a Security Cyber Apprentice Open Day at which potential recruits between the ages of 16 and 19 can find out more about the scheme.
Interested in cyber security? Come along to V3 sister site Computing's Security & Risk Management Summit 2016 in London to hear from end users. It's free to attend for qualifying IT professionals.
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