As digital data is rising, there is a constant demand for security experts. What kind of certification programme is best to lift the student career for jobs?
Lead auditor training ISO 27001 is a highly sought-after certification which is globally recognised. Students who gain this qualification are armed with the apt skill set and knowledge to be appointed into managerial positions. Students studying MSc Cyber Security at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) have the ISO 27001 training included within their course fee. This training builds on the technical and compliance knowledge which they gain in the Master course, giving them the ability to create high-level policies and cyber security strategies that organisations are in dire need of. We have direct feedback from industry that there is a real need for this training to plug the skills gap.
In the MSc Cyber Security course at SHU, there is a healthy split of red team (technical modules) and blue team (governance and compliance). Many other universities only cover the technical aspects and also, do not include ISO 27001. As an applied university, our graduates are ‘industry-ready’, having used industry-aligned methods and tools during their course. These are reviewed each year and all teaching staff have valuable industry experience that highly benefits the students.
What is the greatest threat at present in the cyber world?
The U.K. government sees threats to cyber security as a high risk to national security. At the moment, areas of particular threat are the poor configuration of systems, which is a global problem and the lack of user awareness training for staff, which can lead to many problems, including phishing attacks and ransomware. Both of these threats are addressed in the MSc Cyber Security course at Sheffield Hallam University. In fact, our course has achieved full accreditation from the National Cyber Security Centre, the U.K. government’s cyber security support and advisory centre.
How can a newly established start-up set up its cybersecurity policy?
A start-up company would need a specialist who would investigate possible issues and tailor a set of security policies to address them. The students on the MSc Cyber Security course would be equipped with the skills and knowledge to deal with both small and large organisations and their cyber security issues.