GCHQ recognises Uni anti-crime course

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A Lancaster University course that is helping to produce the crime fighters of the digital age has received a seal of approval by the UK’s national security and intelligence agency.

Lancaster University’s MSc in Cyber Security, run by experts from the Security Lancaster research centre, is one of only four Masters degree courses to receive Full Certification status by GCHQ.

Announced by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, the certification reflects the agency’s approval of the high standards and abilities which Lancaster University is giving its graduates.

Professor Awais Rashid, director of Security Lancaster, said: “Government recognises that robust cyber security is essential for the UK to prosper in the digital age. At the moment there is a significant skills gap with demand for talented people equipped with the necessary cyber security skills being outstripped by supply. We are happy our Masters in Cyber Security has received this certification as part of a rigorous national assessment and we are sure this measure will also help employers to identify the best graduates with the necessary skills.”

The GCHQ certification reflects the aims of the National Cyber Security Programme, UK Government and its partners, to increase the UK’s academic capability in all fields of cyber security.

Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance at GCHQ, said: “I’d like to congratulate the universities which have been recognised as offering a Master’s degree which covers the broad range of subjects that underpin a good understanding of Cyber Security.”