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British Telecom in security drive

British Telecom (BT) is looking to recruit 900 IT security professionals to work in its Security Academy, the company has announced.

It already employs 2,500 such people in the academy so the increase is quite a leap. The company says the academy is devoted to protecting government bodies, individuals and businesses.

Some 170 of the posts will be offered to graduates and apprentices in a substantial nod to people starting their career. There is an issue with younger people going into the IT sector as New Statesman tech will discover in our weekly feature tomorrow (check back here from 1pm to read it).

Successful applicants will be offered training, competitions and accreditations. There will be opportunities to work on antivirus, parental controls and a great many other disciplines, and the company will roll the positions out over the next 12 months.

“A number of high-profile security and data breaches have dominated the headlines in recent months, and this has led to a surge in interest from both consumers and IT departments wanting to know how best they can protect themselves in the digital world,” said Mark Hughes, president of BT Security, announcing the scheme. “BT plans to remain at the forefront, innovating in cybersecurity, by hiring some of the best talent while training up the next generation of experts at our BT Security Academy.”

Applicants can find details here.