LONDON Feb 3 The British arm of U.S. defence
major Lockheed Martin said on Friday it would back a UK
government initiative to train students in cyber security to
combat a growing skills gap in the area.
Through the UK government's CyberFirst initiative, Lockheed
Martin will sponsor a number of students across a three-year
period and provide them with work placements during their
"There's an emerging cyber skills gap and it's vital that
this gap is addressed," said Peter Ruddock, chief executive of
Lockheed Martin UK.
"Supporting CyberFirst will become an integral part of our
work to maintain Britain's cyber defences ..."
Launched in May 2016, CyberFirst is a work-study programme
in online security targeted at students who are about to start
university or are in their first year and run by the UK's
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Earlier on Friday, a parliamentary report said the British
government is taking too long to consolidate co-ordinate an
"alphabet soup" of agencies tasked with information protection.
(Reporting by Ritvik Carvalho; editing by Stephen Addison)