Cisco partners with UK police to offer cybersecurity training

To mark the first anniversary of its digital skills manifesto in the UK, Cisco today announced that it is partnering with UK police forces to help provide cybersecurity training for officers across the nation.

With over 120,000 police officers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the police are on the front line in the fight to make the UK a safer place in both the physical and cyber worlds.

In a pivotal partnership with the Cisco Networking Academy, the police are launching a nationwide initiative to provide access to cybersecurity training for officers. The partnership draws on Cisco’s expertise not only in cybersecurity, but in running scalable and accessible skills programmes for all levels of experience around the world.

Andy Beet, National Police Chiefs’ Council, Data Communications Group – Futures Lead said “We are very pleased to be working with Cisco Networking Academy. By joining the programme, forces can access training designed to raise awareness and increase their understanding of cybercrime and cyber threats, while also gaining insights into the procedures used to defend networks. It’s important for all police officers to understand cybersecurity as fully as possible; by doing so they can develop their knowledge in this increasingly important area, improving security in both their professional and personal lives.”

Scot Gardner, Chief Executive, Cisco UK and Ireland added “The UK is one of the world’s most digitally active nations, and with that comes ever increasing opportunity for cyber criminals to exploit individuals and organisations. We’re extremely proud to be working with the Police in their efforts to help make the UK a safer place to be online. Through the Cisco Networking Academy, our ambition is to help ensure that people around the world have the digital skills they need to be successful in any profession.”