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Google and NCSC Collaborate to Bridge Cybersecurity Skills Gap in SMEs

Published on: 29/06/2023

Google has introduced a new cyber security training and certification scheme in collaboration with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to address the shortage of cyber professionals in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. With research revealing that 43% of SMEs struggle to recruit cyber security specialists, Google's programme aims to upskill individuals and fill the thousands of vacant roles in the sector.

The Cybersecurity Career Certificate offers an affordable and accessible pathway for people to gain entry-level skills required for critical cyber security positions. The certification course is available online and can be completed within approximately six months of part-time study. It covers fundamental concepts of cyber security, as well as hands-on experience with Python, Linux, and security programs like security information and event management (SIEM) tools. 

The Certificate is intended to equip individuals with the necessary job-ready skills and businesses with the expertise needed to safeguard future economic growth, addressing the digital skills gap and cyber security concerns that can act as top barriers to SMEs' digitalisation. 

Sarah Lyons, NCSC Deputy Director for Economy and Society, urges small business owners to take advantage of this training initiative and other resources provided by the NCSC to enhance their defences against cyber criminals. Given that cyber criminals increasingly target small businesses, successfully protecting against cyber-attacks is critical for maintaining operations and preventing potentially devastating disruptions. 

To enrol on Google’s Career Certificate in Cybersecurity, visit  

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