New £500k funding to improve diversity in UK’s cyber security industry

Jan 28, 2019 · bdaily.co.uk

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Four new projects in England encouraging greater diversity in cyber security are set for a six-figure government funding boost.

They will jointly receive an investment of at least £500k through the next round of the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF), set up to increase both the number and diversity of new candidates in the industry.

The funding, announced this morning (January 28) by Digital Minister Margot James, will help the four organisations develop and deliver projects that quickly identify, train and place untapped talent into cyber security roles.

The projects include Crucial Academy: Diversity in Cyber Security, a Brighton-based initiative looking to retrain veterans in cyber security, focusing on women, neurodiverse and black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) individuals; and QA: Cyber Software Academy for Women, which is running across London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester as it trains and places a cohort of women in cyber development jobs.

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