More than 100 of BAE Systems' graduates and trainees will receive training to provide them with the skills and expertise to become the next generation of cyber-security engineers.
The 130 recruits, who joined BAE in 2013, will be employed by Detica, the group's cyber and security subsidiary.
The National Audit Office has said that the cost of cyber-crime to the UK is estimated to be between £18 billion and £27 billion. As more and more companies look to shore up their defences against cyber threats, the demand for skilled cyber-security engineers is predicted to increase.
Martin Sutherland, Detica’s managing director, said: “We’re planning on recruiting 600 people this year of whom 130 will be graduates based in the UK. Our growth reflects a huge demand for technologies which defend against cyber attack, combat fraud and help businesses effectively manage the sometimes overwhelming amounts of data available to them.
“We are recruiting IT, engineering, maths and physics graduates, and offer an excellent training and development programme, giving our recruits the chance to work on some of the most exciting and cutting-edge IT challenges in the world.”
BAE graduates enroll for a two-year development programme in which they undertake four separate placements in different departments and business units of six months duration. The Company has more than 700 graduate employees currently in training and two-thirds have a background in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Detica was acquired by BAE in 2008. The subsidiary provides government and commercial customers with information intelligence solutions.
The firm has headquarters in Guildford, Surrey, and offices in London and Leeds.