Digital skills academy CodeClan launches cybersecurity course

Business leaders ‘need to give unbridled attention to security, particularly at this time,’ says Matthews-Clarkson. Picture: Stewart Attwood.

The new three-day Cyber Secure Coder course aims to address software security, an area CodeClan said has grown in importance since the onset of Covid-19.

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The course, run in partnership with CertusNexus and Logical Operations, welcomes its first candidates in October and a virtual launch event takes place on 18 September, featuring former British military sniper and intelligence officer Ben Owen, who stars in Channel 4’s long-running Hunted reality series.

He said “Having been in the intelligence community for many years and now working for a world leading cyber security company, I can say categorically that cyber security is one of the most important areas to address in the modern world.

“CodeClan is doing amazing work to deliver innovative training to really enhance the skills in coding which is so integral in the fight against cyber crime. Not only is the industry fast, dynamic and enjoyable – it really is here to stay and you will always be in demand with specialist skills in this area.”

CodeClan highlighted Scottish successes in software-development and software security. It cited Edinburgh Napier University spin-out ZoneFox, which specialises in providing security systems that tackle insider threats to organisations, which was bought by California-based Fortinet in 2018, and software development studio Cultivate, which was acquired by London-headquartered Deliveroo in 2019.

Matthews-Clarkson added: “Scotland already has a proud tradition in software development and software security, and it’s an area where we can continue to demonstrate leadership. Software security impacts organisations of all shapes and sizes, so business leaders need to give unbridled attention to security particularly at this time.”

CodeClan pivoted to a remote interactive classroom model during Covid-19 and it said it will shortly be announcing plans to move to a hybrid model combining continuing remote and in situ learning. To date, more than 950 people have graduated from CodeClan’s immersive professional software development, data analysis and web development courses since the not-for-profit digital academy opened its doors in 2015.

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