The following article has been extracted from the Sky News website:
Telecoms firm BT is recruiting 900 people to work in its cyber security business over the next few months as part of a drive to tackle the growing threat from hacking.
BT already employs more than 2,500 as security professionals and has security operations centres around the world.
It offers services ranging from anti-virus and parental controls for consumers to more complex solutions required by multinational companies, banks and governments.
The recruitment of 900 staff – including cybersecurity personnel and support staff – will take place over the next 12 months and include 170 graduate and apprentice roles.
BT said it would hire from leading universities as well as among contestants taking part in “war game” cyber attack simulations.
Most of the new roles will be in the UK including at security centres in London, Sevenoaks and Cardiff, but BT also said it was hiring security specialists across Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
Mark Hughes, president of BT Security, said: “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.
“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.”
Recent high profile cyber security breaches have included an attack on telecoms firm TalkTalk in October which saw 157,000 people have their personal details breached in an incident it has said could cost it as much as £80m.
In January, HSBC was hit by a cyber attack that disrupted online banking services.
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has warned that hacking into company websites had become so simple that even a three-year-old could be shown how to do.
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