Cyber security qualifications introduced for school pupils in Scotland

Cyber Security-a great step forward for schools in Scotland and will help face the future growing cyber challenges

HolyroodAlan Robertson reported in the Holyrood Current Affairs magazine that the school curriculum in Scotland is now going to offer qualifications in cyber security as part of a suite of national progression awards launched by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

School age pupils will learn about data security, ethical hacking and digital forensics

The NPAs will cover subjects such as data security, ethical hacking and digital forensics and will be the first of their kind to be made available to school age pupils. These have been introduced to tackle the ever increasing challenge of building resilience against cyber-attacks and comes as ministers, following a consultation completed at the end of August, prepare to publish a Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland.

Individuals studying in college will also have access to these NPAs at levels 4, 5 and 6 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications framework which will help those planning a career in cyber security. Speaking to the Holyrood Current Affairs magazine SQA qualifications director, Dr Gill Stewart, said:

“The challenge facing governments, businesses and individuals in securing their online presence couldn’t be greater.

“With the number of devices connected to the internet set to exceed 50 billion in the next five years and the rate of activity and volume of information available online only set to increase, opportunities for malicious intent are ever growing.

“To face these challenges, more people need to be trained, recruited and working in cyber security roles. By offering these qualifications at these levels, we are providing an excellent entry point for learners into the sector.”

Police recognise the need increasing cyber element of crime

Police in the UK recognise that much of crime today involves a digital element, educating people about the risks of cyber security has become and important aspect of trying to prevent this type of crime, however Police Scotland detective Eamonn Keane told the Holyrood magazine that they also recognise the need for an increasing workforce to tackle cyber threats.

“We recognise the need to ensure we build on the indigenous talents we produce to develop good investigators and innovative digital analysts to tackle and prevent cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime in Scotland, thereby keeping people safe and disrupting crime.”

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