Cyber Security “skill gap” widening as young people eschew IT in favour of less technical educational endeavours

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The prestigious Roehampton Annual Computing Education report for 2018 has found that computing qualifications at A-Level and GCSE level are “patchy” across the UK; with less than 12% of students choosing an IT qualification at pre-14 level education whilst the number is even more worrying in the post-16 context sitting below 3%. This future failure of home-grown IT expertise poses a future skills gap, the report authors conclude, which could lead to a future IT security problem over the course of the next 25 years. This failure to embrace IT education isn’t merely a failure to meet the demands of the future workplace but a failure of comprehension in regard to a changing IT and cyber security environment.

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