New degrees for tomorrow’s spooks

The Times is reporting that six universities have been accredited by GCHQ to train the next generation of “cyber spies” and security experts…

Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, said that the certifications would help the government to build “a more resilient digital environment”.

The UK cyber security strategy, published three years ago, created the national cyber security programme to improve Britain’s ability to withstand attacks. Improving cyber security education is one of its aims.

Mr Maude said that such security was crucial to the government’s long-term economic plan. “We want to make the UK one of the safest places in the world to do business online,” he said.

The government has already classified 11 universities as academic centres of excellence in cyber security education. To qualify, universities must prove that they conduct world-leading research…

The University of Oxford’s masters degree in software and security systems was among four courses to receive full accreditation yesterday. Edinburgh Napier University’s MSc in advanced security and digital forensics was approved, as was the University of Lancaster master’s in cyber security. Royal Holloway, University of London, has an MSc in information security that was also approved by GCHQ.

The Cranfield University master’s in cyber defence and information assurance was provisionally certified, as was the University of Surrey’s MSc in information security…

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