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Queen's University Belfast recognised for its cyber security education

Queen's University in Belfast. Picture by Liam McBurney/PA Wire

QUEEN’S University Belfast has been recognised for its cyber security education.

The university was named as one of the UK’s first academic centres of excellence in cyber security education (ACE-CSE).

The National Cyber Security Centre awarded it silver recognition from its ACE-CSE programme after Queen’s demonstrated that it is delivering first-rate cyber security education on campus and promoting cyber skills in its community.

Northern Ireland has an ambitious target of growing the number of cyber security professionals in the region to 5,000 by 2030 and it is hoped the award will support the university’s efforts in continuing to build a strong pipeline of highly skilled graduates.

The ACE-CSE programme aims to "develop an influential and growing community of cyber security educators, to shape and support cyber security education and to engage with industry, government, educators and students".

Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward, the university’s ACE-CSE director, said they are delighted by the "recognition of the strength of cyber security education and promotion of cyber security right across Queen’s".

"This is being delivered by a diverse team of academics and professional services staff supporting multiple disciplines," she said.

"We have exciting plans to further develop awareness and knowledge of cyber security within and beyond Queen’s, which we believe is fundamental to addressing the societal challenge of cyber security."

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