GCU enhances its digital skills offering

15 August 2016

GCU enhances its digital skills offering

Cyber security and computer forensics will form part of the Academy's portfolio.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has enhanced its highly successful Information Computer Technology (ICT) Academy to better reflect the needs of industry.

The GCU Digital Skills Academy, as it will now be known, will see the introduction of a number of new cyber security courses ranging from security awareness training for individuals to advanced ethical hacking and computer forensics for security officers.

Over the past decade, the Academy has led the way in utilising 21st-century learning tools in the delivery of ICT training. Around 150 delegates each year participate in Academy CPD activities from companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, VMWare, Linux, and IT Essentials. The Academy also delivers courses to Cisco Certified Network Professional level and has worked in partnership with the Open University in the delivery of Cisco training for its students in Scotland and the north of England.

David Hendry, Senior Lecturer in Computer Networks and Security and Academy Director, said: “The ICT Academy brand was established six years ago and the demand for the type of courses during that time has evolved due to the changing digital landscape.  To reflect our diverse course portfolio, it made sense that the ICT Academy brand also reflects that change and be named GCU Digital Skills Academy.

“The increase in cyber incidents, for example, has led to a demand for cyber security specialists, particularly in the area of penetration testing, web systems testing and forensic analysis.  Four new courses are planned for delivery this year.”

The new Digital Skills Academy will continue to deliver training to both the private and commercial sector, ex-forces personnel and will also offer a Modern Apprenticeship Training Programme with the academic-credited aim to promote digital skills in both primary and secondary schools in Scotland.