SERC Awarded Silver Cyber Security Status by an agency of GCHQ.
South Eastern Regional College has been recognised for showing excellence in cyber security education with a Silver Cyber Security Status Award from CyberFirst Schools Initiative run by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ.
Trevor Breadon, Head of School for Engineering & Computing at SERC said, “We are delighted to be the first College of Further Education in NI to have achieved Silver Cyber Security Status.
“The programme recognises SERC’s dedication to inspiring the next generation of cyber security experts and allows us to demonstrate the range of work we do to engage students in this area.
“This includes participation in competitions, specialist training sessions, organising guest speakers and project-based learning which is integral to all programmes.
“In addition, enterprises such as SERC’s FixIT, allows our students to gain valuable hands-on experience of cyber security by configuring encryption and security systems for computers on loan to their peers so they can continue their studies online.
Trevor concluded, “The past year has proven how much we have all depended on IT and digital communications both for learning and working in all sectors and with that comes greater need for cyber security experts.
“At SERC we are addressing the cyber skills gap by offering a range of IT qualifications, delivered by our highly trained lecturing team, which equip students with the skills and knowledge for further study and employment opportunities.”
Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Growth, said: “It is inspiring to see the wide range of opportunities being offered to pupils and I’m delighted to welcome the schools and colleges to our growing community from around the UK.”