Local MP, James Morris, supports efforts to bridge the cyber skills gap.

News and information from the Advent IM team.

**Press Release**

Midland based Cyber/Information Security Consultancy and members of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, Advent IM enjoyed some serious discussion of how to bridge the cyber security skills gap with James Morris, the MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP.


James Morris MP (centre) with Mike Gillespie and Julia McCarron of Advent IM Ltd

James Morris MP (centre) with Mike Gillespie and Julia McCarron of Advent IM Ltd

Advent IM, the UKs leading independent holistic security consultancy welcomed local MP James Morris, to their office and training centre on 20th February.  During the visit, Mr Morris met with members of the team and the firm’s Directors, Julia McCarron and Mike Gillespie and they highlighted the ongoing cyber security skills gap that the UK is experiencing. Mr Morris acknowledged this as a topic he himself was very keen to address with the local college and that he was keen to be a part of the solution to entry level skill building and a career path for young people interested in starting a career in cyber security.

Advent IM Director, Mike Gillespie has discussed the cyber skills gap before he joined Cyber Skills Challenge CEO, Stephanie Daman in a discussion on BBC Radio4 on the topic last year and takes every opportunity to discuss it and raise awareness of the threat that a continuing gulf between UK security needs and the number of available professionals forms. He said, “The youngsters growing up now are using technology in an ever increasing array of ways. The Internet of Things connects people with their information in an unprecedented way, and the workplace and home or leisure increasingly play in the same space. It is vital we get the upcoming generation interested in cyber security, not only as a career path toward being a security professional, which is what the UK plc really needs, but also because security is becoming part of every employees life as their role in organisational security is increasingly acknowledged. We cannot afford to allow our approach to security to remain static; threat and risk to business is a dynamic landscape and we need to develop our talent to deal with this landscape in the same evolved and proactive way. Bringing young people into security via apprenticeships and helping them develop down this route is going to form a vital part of protecting UK plc in years to come.”

Advent IM is keen to explore options for bridging the skills gap in the local community and supporting Mr Morris in the challenge of developing education and training programs that will enable local youngsters become the cyber security experts of the future.

Issued:  23.02.15                             Ends                                     Ref: VIP-230215- Advent


About Advent IM

Advent IM is an independent specialist consultancy, focusing on holistic security management solutions for information, people and physical assets, across both the public and private sectors. Established in 2002, Advent IM is a centre of excellence for security services, promoting the benefits of best practice guidelines and standards and the need to address risk management to protect against potential threats. Mike Gillespie is MD of Advent IM, Director of Cyber Strategy and Research for The Security Institute and a member of the CSCSS Global Cyber Security Select Committee.
From its offices in the Midlands and London, its Consultants work nationwide and are members of the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS), Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), The Security Institute (SyI), Business Continuity Institute and British Computer Society.

Consultants are also Lead Auditors for the International standard for information security management (ISO 27001) and business continuity management (ISO 22301), Practitioners of PRINCE2, a recognised project

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