The UK’s first business Academy for cyber and tech security has launched #ProjectThankYou in a bid to make the UK more cyber resilient.

The London-based Global Cyber Academy, the first in the UK to deliver formal accredited, online Diploma education to working-adult students, begins with its first cohort of UK-based students this October. The Academy will be providing a flat 40% course fee reduction for every single UK Blue Lights or Armed Forces application – including for veterans.

Chief Executive of the Global Cyber Academy, Richard Bingley, said:

“Money is tight for emergency workers, and our armed forces, and for the government too. Yet, the UK economy and infrastructure are now under industrial-scale threats from cyber-criminals and external state-backed harassment. We’ve got a duty as educators to step up and help.”

Mr Bingley added: 

“There’s little point just educating a tiny fraction of the workforce. Our Academy is in a unique position to offer mass accredited education across our entire security and emergency-services base, and that’s exactly what we’re offering to do. 

“The only way to stop industrial-level cyber crime is to introduce industrial-level education, particularly for those who are tasked to defend us. Our Academy is thankfully in a position to give something back and in our own way say a big ‘thank you’ to public servants who help look after us.”

The new Academy came up with the plan after trying to apply to be registered with the UK MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCAS) scheme. This would have potentially enabled service personnel to access funding and earn advanced credits for studying the Academy’s programmes. 

“But because our Academy was only formed earlier this year it did not qualify for ELCAS admission,” said Mr Bingley. “We didn’t hit the two-year operating rule” 

“It was a bizarre situation, because certified police investigators, senior qualified academics and international book authors had written and filmed our course content Also, our Diploma programmes are issued by a UK-Ofqual-approved awarding body, therefore they go through tons of formal quality vetting. Yet we couldn’t reach in to our own natural audience. The situation within UK policing is similar where only a selected few receive funded cyber training. So, we all just said ‘forget it’, we set this thing up to help people, and help build a resilient society, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do!”

The Level 3 Diploma (online) in Cyber Security Management and Operations begins on October 9th 2018 and enrols monthly thereafter. Modules include: Threat and Risk; Network Architecture, Communications and Protocols; Mobile Data Risks and IoT; Investigations and Incident Response; Solutions: Future-Proofing your Business; EU GDPR and Data Security 

The Level 4 Diploma (online) in Cyber Security begins on October 16th 2018 and enrols monthly thereafter. Modules include: Threat and Risk; Network Security and Data communications; Databases and Programming; Incident Response, Investigations and Forensics; Security Strategy Laws, Policies and Implementation; Banking and Finance (elective) or Cyber Wars (elective).

A Level 5 Diploma covering Cryptography is available from February 2019 which maps directly into a final year Cyber Security degree programme at a UK University. 

#ProjectThankyou applicants receive a course fee discount of 40% on all Diploma applications up to January 31st 2019.  

Delivery is self-paced and flexible with lots of videos, audio, exercises and real-world formal assessments. “Basically, wherever you are in the world, you can log on and learn,” Mr Bingley said. “We have students based in most of the world’s seven continents,” Bingley added. “Our WhatsApp student chat groups are keeping us awake at night!”

Academic support class workshops are run every other month in London and filmed for those who can’t personally attend. Industry network meetings with policy-makers and key recruiters are held each month in London. 

Will students get a job at the end? A recent study of Chief Information Officers reported a “recruitment crisis” in cyber security. The UK economy now spends an estimated £7bn on cyber security. This figure is approaching £200bn globally. These stats are likely to grow even more exponentially now that EU GDPR is in force. 

“Although no promises can be made, most public sector and business organisations are massively recruiting into cyber and information security roles. Existing security professionals need to be in an educational position to exploit this sea-change,” Mr Bingley said. “The validation of a formal cyber Diploma and close contact with recruiters is really going to help an individual’s market position, for sure.”

Mr Bingley added: 

“These courses provide a pathway for the individual to stay relevant and upskill, and for our country to be much more cyber resilient. In difficult times, this surely is a win-win scenario.” 

Further course details can be found at the Global Cyber Academy website: 

Any course bookings made via the website should put the code #ProjectThankyou into the application form