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NCSC CEO: cyber is a life skill, not just an educational subject

Cyber sector news

09:00 Monday, 29 March 2021

UK Cyber Security Council

In her first speech after taking the helm of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), new CEO Lindy Cameron reminded the audience of the need to teach people cyber security much earlier in their lives than we do at present.

In a virtual talk delivered at Queen’s University, Belfast, Cameron said that “Cyber security is still not taken as seriously as it should be”, noting that cyber “simply is not embedded into the UK’s boardroom thinking”. Commenting that “Our CEOs should be as close to their CISO … as their Finance Director or their General Counsel”, she pointed specifically at the lack of cyber education in schools. “We’re all too aware that cyber skills are not yet fundamental to our education - even though these are life skills like wiring a plug or changing a tyre, as well as skills for the future digital economy”, Cameron said.

The full transcript of Lindy Cameron’s speech is on the NCSC’s web site.