Belfast Met tackles cyber-security qualification shortfall

  • Cybersecurity may be the fastest growing area in IT statistically, and the sector will have a predicted global shortfall of 3.5 million skilled cyber security professionals by 2021.

    Northern Ireland has recently been named the number one location in the world for cyber-security inward investment and the number one global destination for US cyber-security companies with an eye for international expansion. Silicon Valley firm Imperva recently selected Belfast as the headquarters for its upcoming cyber-security hub, and Queen’s cybersecurity expert Professor Máire O’Neill recently won the prestigious Blavatnik Award.

    With the high rate of expansion in this field, the global shortfall in qualified staff is starting to show and educational institutions must start now to counteract it. That's why Belfast Met is adapting its curriculum to become the first in Northern Ireland to offer a brand new course specialising in Cyber Security through Cisco. The entire team is now in a position qualified to teach the programme through a part time course, as well as embedded in the full time curriculum.

    "At Belfast Met we want to raise awareness of the shortage of cyber security skills and the opportunity of higher salaries for individuals with the right skills and qualifications," commented, Phil Allen, Curriculum Area Manager at Belfast Met.

    The college will be the first to offer the qualifications following qualifications: EC Council CEH, BCS CISMP, Comptia Security+ and Cisco Cyber Security Essentials. There has never been a better time to consider a career in cyber security or data privacy as the career prospects for cybersecurity professionals are only growing. In order to find out more about the wide range of ICT courses on offer at Belfast Met, call 028 9026 5265 or visit the website

    Source: Belfast Met Press Release

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