UCLan produces first batch of cyber security specialists
First cyber crime cohort graduates
The first cohort of cyber security students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has graduated.
The graduates, who began the new course in 2019, now leave the university ready to work in cyber crime. It is an area UCLan decided to invest in following a growing demand for cyber security professionals and comes as the University was announced last year as a Government partner for new National Cyber Force, based in Samlesbury, which will enable Lancashire to become the centre of a regional cyber and security innovation ecosystem.
"... the growing demand for cyber security professionals is at an all-time high, making it a great career choice for anyone looking for a role with excellent prospects. "— Dr Nicky Danino, Course leader for the BSc (Hons) Cyber Security degree
Dr Nicky Danino, Course leader for the BSc (Hons) Cyber Security degree, said: “Cyber crime is growing every day and concerns over the data of our data, both at a business level and personal, is growing. This means the growing demand for cyber security professionals is at an all-time high, making it a great career choice for anyone looking for a role with excellent prospects.
“At UCLan we give all our Cyber students a strong foundation in computer science fundamentals, with a specialised focus in cyber security. This means that our graduates can step into professional cyber security roles such as data recovery expert, ethical hacker or penetration tester, secure system architect, security consultant and security engineer. Their advanced skills and knowledge will open doors to many other graduate-level careers.”
"My ideal career now would be to work at GCHQ"— Evie Smith, the first woman to graduate from the UCLan cyber security degree course
Evie Smith is the first woman to graduate from the course after applying through the clearing process and going on to achieve a first-class honours degree.
The 21-year-old said: “I enjoyed the hands on approach to most of the modules such as penetration testing to find vulnerabilities in old computer systems, and computer security. My ideal career now would be to work at GCHQ.”