Digital skills academy CodeClan has unveiled Cyber Secure Coder, a new three-day cybersecurity course to address the growing issue of software security.
Since the onset of Covid-19, security is an area of software development that has grown in importance. A recent McKinsey report highlighted the challenging conditions for security teams during the pandemic.
In the report, CISOs said they have witnessed a significant spike in threat levels, including a near-sevenfold increase in spear-phishing attacks since the pandemic began. To combat the issue, CodeClan’s Cyber Secure Coder programme will provide participants with a crash course in the subject.
“The stakes for software security have only increased since Covid, and yet many development teams only deal with software security after the code has been developed and the software is being prepared for delivery,” said Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CEO of CodeClan.
The course is being run in partnership with CertusNexus and Logical Operations and will welcome its first candidates in October.
On Friday 18th September, the course will be launched as part of a virtual event featuring Ben Owens, a former intelligence officer and star of Channel 4’s hit series, Hunted.
“Having been in the intelligence community for many years and now working for a world-leading cybersecurity company, I can say categorically that cybersecurity is one of the most important areas to address in the modern world,” Owens commented.
“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. I am incredibly excited to be talking on this webinar,” he added.
Scotland has developed a strong reputation in software development and cybersecurity in recent years. One of the country’s leading software development studios, Cultivate, was acquired by London-headquartered Deliveroo in August last year.
Similarly, a number of spin-out companies from Scotland’s universities have raised eyebrows globally. Edinburgh Napier University spin-out ZoneFox, which develops security systems that tackle insider threats to organisations, was acquired by California-based Fortinet in 2018.
Matthews-Clarkson said the skills academy hopes to capitalise on the country’s reputation in software development and set a global example.
“Scotland already has a proud tradition in software development and software security and it’s an area where we can continue to demonstrate leadership,” she said.
“Software security impacts organisations of all shapes and sizes so business leaders need to give unbridled attention to security particularly at this time,” Matthews-Clarkson added.