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Graduates enter cyber arm

For the third year, the single biggest proportion of the defence firm BAE Systems’ graduate intake for 2015 will join the company’s cyber security arm.

Of the 293 graduates being recruited to work in the UK business, a third of them, 98, will join BAE’s Applied Intelligence business unit, based in Guildford in Surrey with other offices in Leeds, London and Gloucester.

The defence company says that its continued recruitment for IT and engineering graduates to the Applied Intelligence business is 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. Recently, the Metropolitan Police said they are facing a caseload of about 54,000 reports of cyber fraud in the capital each year.

Dr Scott McVicar, Managing Director, 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.”

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