The cybersecurity industry has long been lamenting the skills gap, which is estimated to be in the region of two to three million posts by the beginning of the next decade. It's great to see some positive action being taken to address this, rather than just wringing of hands!
The headline talks to getting schoolchildren interested in security, but there are people in IT already who can cross-skill into security using much of their existing knowledge.
A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government. The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 14 to 18-year-olds and involves online and offline challenges themed around battling hackers. It is one of several programmes trying to build interest in security work and help fill a looming skills gap. One industry expert said a broad strategy would be needed to address the widening gap.