BAE Systems Recruits Team of Young Cybercrime Fighters

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Threat of cyber attacks drives BAE Systems’ recruitment drive, with London alone facing 54,000 reports of cyber fraud every year

The single biggest proportion of BAE Systems’ graduate intake for 2015 will join the company’s cyber security arm for the third year running – reflecting the increasing threat from cyber-crime, whether by individual threat actors or nation states.

Of the 293 graduates being recruited to work in the UK business, a third of them – 98 graduates – will join BAE Systems’ Applied Intelligence business unit, which is headquartered in Guildford in Surrey with additional offices in London, Leeds and Gloucester.

Digital crime

The continued recruitment drive for IT and engineering graduates ensures that the Applied Intelligence business is perfectly placed to help clients combat the growing threat of digital crime as fraud becomes increasingly cyber-enabled and the tools used by criminals are progressively sophisticated and blended across disciplines.

young crime fighterRecently, the Metropolitan Police said they are facing a case-load of about 54,000 reports of cyber fraud in the capital each year.

Scott McVicar, managing director of cyber security at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, said: “High-profile cyber-attacks continue to dominate the headlines and the continued growth of our business reflects that reality. Private and public sector organisations are calling for greater protection from criminal and politically motivated attacks. In light of this, we need to recruit growing numbers of bright, motivated individuals, particularly IT, engineering and physics graduates that will work with our experienced team to identify vulnerabilities and manage the threat effectively.

“They will have access to an excellent training and development programme, will work with the UK’s largest organisations, and will be using some of the world’s most advanced threat detection and prevention solutions.”

Graduates joining BAE Systems in 2015 can expect a starting salary of between £25,000 to £32,000 dependent on experience and the role they undertake, plus 25 days’ holiday per annum. Two-thirds of BAE Systems’ graduates have a background in science, technology, engineering and maths.

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