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  • Writer's pictureJared Thompson

The North West Cyber Resilience Centre Welcomes Latest Cohort of Ethical Hackers & Student Placement

Senior Cyber Security Consultant MJ has welcomed the centre’s third cohort of students this month, this latest group of students are currently studying at several different Universities in the North West.

The North West Cyber Resilience Centre has welcomed 4 students who all are studying for degrees in a range of computer science subjects from cyber security to software engineering as their new cohort of Junior Ethical Hackers. The Centre has also secured its first industrial placement student as a junior cyber security consultant.

“This year is another big step forward in helping students to develop their skills by putting into practice the knowledge they’re gaining at university and develop new skills in the process through mentoring, additional cyber security qualifications and training masterclasses.”
Cyber Security Consultant MJ and Placement Student Steven

Our First Student Placement is here!

”This year is extra special for the centre,” said MJ. “As we’ve been able to welcome our first industrial placement student as a junior cyber security consultant.”

Steven joins the Cyber Resilience Centre from The University of Salford, where he is studying computer science with cyber security and hopes to go on to work as a Cyber Security Consultant once he has completed his degree.

"The experience I continue to gain from my time with the Cyber Resilience Centre is helping me to make local businesses become more cyber secure and raise awareness of the dangers of cybercrime.” - Steven Duckett, the first Student Placement at the Cyber Resilience Centre.

MJ Continues: "This has been a long-term vision for us for a while and I'm sure that it won’t be the last placement student we’re able to help develop. Not only are we able to help Steven and the other students to keep up to date with the latest techniques being used in the industry, but we’re also moulding so they leave our programme workplace-ready, with enhanced technical skills, soft skills and the skills to deal with client problems face-to-face. Taking on a new cohort of students allows us to scale up the services we’re offering to business across the North West.”

Working for the centre allows students to gain real-world, paid, relevant, on-the-job experience working with various SMEs from across the North West. Students have the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge they’re gaining at university and learn new skills to prepare them for work after gaining their degree. With all work supervised by experienced professionals and seconded police officers.

MJ and Niomie welcome the new cohort of students
MJ and Niomie welcomed three of the new students to the centre earlier this summer

Student Program development in 2022

The student programme has further developed in the last 12 months, with our last cohort of students receiving over 1521 hours of real-world experience.

To further enhance the knowledge of our students we’ve been working alongside Steven Cockcroft at Cyber Security Professionals to introduce a unique cyber security qualifications path for a select number of our students. These certifications have helped to bring our students to industry standards and demonstrate our commitment to delivering our security services to industry standards.

You can learn more about the students who graduated in 2022 and have gone on to work for NCC Group, Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit and ​​Lloyds Banking Group.

We want to encourage any students studying cyber security at any North West university to join our Student Chapter - with new events set to be announced in the coming weeks.

The chapter brings together a community of cybersecurity students, by engaging with the region’s leading cyber professionals. Joining the chapter will help improve your knowledge and develop skills that will help you find your first job after graduation.


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