Lockheed Martin backs Government’s ‘CyberFirst’ initiative to find tomorrow’s Online Security Experts

Lockheed Martin UK is supporting the development of the UK’s next generation of cyber security experts through its backing of the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberFirst initiative.

CyberFirst is an innovative partnership between Government and industry to find, finesse and fast-track tomorrow’s online security experts about to start university or in their first year. Up to 250 recruits will now be able to receive £4,000 student bursaries, paid work placements and employment on graduation. Through its participation in the initiative, Lockheed Martin will sponsor a number of students across a three year period and provide them with work placements during their studies.

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Officially launched in May 2016, CyberFirst is a pivotal part of the UK government’s National Cyber Security Programme, which includes the formation of the brand new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - a single, central body that manages incidents, threat analysis and sectoral advice.

Working with the NCSC, Lockheed Martin will collaborate to help fill an emerging skills gap by identifying, supporting and nurturing emerging cyber talent to fulfil the range of roles needed to be the future technical experts in cyber domains.

Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for NCSC skills and growth said: “This is the first time government and industry have come together to make a concerted attempt to inspire and support a whole generation of young people to take up a role in cyber security".

Cyber security is a fascinating career choice which is fundamental to our modern digital society and we are delighted our industry colleagues are supporting CyberFirst.

Peter Ruddock, Lockheed Martin UK’s Chief Executive said: “There’s an emerging cyber skills gap and it’s vital that this gap is addressed. Supporting CyberFirst will become an integral part of our work to maintain Britain’s cyber defences and we’re excited to be a part of the initiative. Lockheed Martin is focused on the innovation, technology and training that will keep Britain safe, secure and prosperous for decades to come.

Lockheed Martin has long been a leader in the field of cybersecurity, having pioneered the concept of the Cyber Kill Chain – an approach to network defence that has been widely adopted across industries and sectors.