GCHQ green-lights university degrees to train future internet security experts

Intelligence agency GCHQ has given six universities accreditation to teach Master’s degrees to train future internet security experts as it looks to safeguard the UK’s online business economy.

According to the BBC the degrees form part of the UK’s cyber security strategy released in 2011, which highlighted the need to bolster education programmes to ensure we can futureproof defences against hackers and online fraud.

The universities now running GCHQ-approved programmes in cyber security are Edinburgh Napier University, Lancaster University, the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London.

GCHQ has also given provisional accreditation to Cranfield University's cyber defence and information assurance course, and the University of Surrey's information security course.

Last week the City of London Police revealed its intentions to widen its worlwide crackdown on internet piracy to gaming and cyber lockers, the latter of which can contain infringing websites.

Detective chief inspector Andy Fyfe told The Drum that the majority of websites it has now added to its black list of illegal sites is comprised mostly of websties operated oversseas, but which are cuasing major harm to UK advertisers which are inadvertently appearling alongside illegal or inappropriate content.

As a result the sites are alble to siphon off millions in illegal advertising revenue.

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