Deloitte to sponsor hundreds of students in developing cyber-security expertise

Stephen Fleming, Palam Communications  |  Published: Oct 23rd 2017

Deloitte is sponsoring the fees of hundreds of students for the 2017 Qufaro online CyberEPQ. Enrolment opens on 23 October 2017 and will continue until the end of November.

The online CyberEPQ is already opening doors into further study and careers in the cyber-security industry for the graduates of the first course which was launched last year. The CyberEPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is equivalent to an AS-level certificate awarded in UK schools, and is certified by City & Guilds. It counts for UCAS credits in university applications.

The CyberEPQ is a first step towards the opening of a National College of Cyber Security on Bletchley Park.

Phill Everson, head of Cyber Risk Services at Deloitte UK, said, “Deloitte is proud to be sponsoring the CyberEPQ and supporting hundreds of young learners across the UK who want to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of cyber security. There is no doubt that cyber security is of increasing importance to the UK, and for years there has been talk of a growing shortage of talent. Through their development of this new qualification, Qufaro is working to tangibly address that shortage, and we support that strongly.”

Alastair MacWillson, chair of the Qufaro board, said: “Deloitte’s generous sponsorship is a prestigious endorsement of the value of the entry-level cyber-security course we have already developed and for our plans to develop a fully-fledged National College of Cyber-Security on Bletchley Park.  As the first cyber qualification to emerge from historic Bletchley Park, it will enhance any student’s CV and we expect to attract the top talent required to protect our society from cyber-attack. With the support of companies such as Deloitte, we plan to take a national lead in developing the talent that our society so clearly needs.”  

Built on National Occupation Standards, the only government-accepted definition of the cyber industry, the Qufaro online CyberEPQ course modules are wide-ranging, industry-relevant and constantly being enhanced and extended.

The course, delivered via the Moodle platform, includes modules on cyber language and research, security vulnerability testing, intrusion detection, digital forensics, security architecture, business resilience, security compliance and computing history. New modules for 2017 include cryptography and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The course also requires a written essay and a presentation.

The plans for the National College of Cyber Security, first announced in 2016. are proceeding apace and there are ambitions to open in 2019. The next vital step will be the government’s delayed announcement of next round of free school applications.

To enrol for the 2017 Qufaro CyberEPQ and for full details of the sponsorship opportunities, which are on a first-come first-served basis, see www.cyberepq.org.uk

For FAQs on the Qufaro CyberEPQ, see www.cyberepq.org.uk/faqs.html

For more information about Qufaro, see www.qufaro.uk

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