Grant Thornton to sponsor digital cyber academy

Grant Thornton is to join Deloitte and BAE system in a partnership with UK cyber security start-up Immersive Labs to help further advance the company’s digital cyber academy (DCA) which aims to provide real-life training

Operated by Immersive Labs, DCA is a cloud-based cyber security identification and upskilling platform that encourages full or part-time students around the world to develop cyber security skills by immersing them in real-world exercises. Employers can then identify highly skilled and engaged users to fill relevant roles and help narrow the UK’s growing cyber security skills gap.

The platform aims to widen the talent pool of individuals interested in cyber security and is accessible free-of-charge to students from any learning institution (further and higher learning courses).

With gamification at the heart of every lab exercise, users are rewarded with points for every lab completed which are then displayed on a leaderboard table. The more labs completed the higher up the leaderboard users rise and the more tailored skill sets they gain.

The platform anonymises users’ academic and social backgrounds, to help remove unconscious bias from the initial stages of the recruitment process. The programme, the Cyber 1000 initiative, aims to identify and develop one-thousand cyber security practitioners by the end of 2020.

Justin Rix, partner at Grant Thornton UK, said: ‘The growing threat of cybercrime and related security breaches is something that keeps many corporate and government leaders awake at night, as finding the right people to protect their organisations against current and future threats is proving a considerable challenge. With this partnership, we’re confident that more people from non-technical or computing backgrounds will test their potential and explore a career path in this fast-growing field.’

James Hadley, CEO and founder of Immersive Labs, said: ‘The Immersive Labs academies make learning about the intricacies of practical cyber security as un-daunting, dynamic and relevant as possible, whoever the end user is. Identifying hidden talent is key to increasing diversity and growing cyber teams at pace. It’s so encouraging to have a well-respected organisation like Grant Thornton get on board with our approach to plugging the cyber skills gap.’

More information about the digital cyber academy here:.

Report by Pat Sweet

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