BUDDING cyber security experts are being sought to protect one of the world’s leading mining companies from cyber attacks.

Anglo American, owner of the Woodsmith Project fertiliser mine being developed near Whitby, has launched a cyber security apprenticeship to train seven people to join its team.

Working from Anglo American’s base in Scarborough, the apprentices will be tutored in identifying threats using the latest cyber security tools and techniques to protect the highly-sophisticated digital systems that run cutting-edge mining operations around the world.

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The programme is part of a commitment by Anglo American to foster a cyber security cluster in North Yorkshire.

Mark Cutifani, chief executive, said: “This apprenticeship scheme is an important part of our purpose as a company to re-imagine mining to improve people’s lives.

"Technology is helping us to carry out our operations more effectively and efficiently, not just here in the UK but around the world, so protecting our IT and industrial technology systems is vital to our success.

“Our decision to locate the cyber security apprenticeship programme in North Yorkshire demonstrates our continued commitment to the region, and to providing young people here with the skills and opportunities they need to succeed in the 21st century.”

The two-year programme will see trainees learn how to thwart a range of cyber security threats including ransomware attacks, phishing and SQL injection.

They will also learn general business skills and gain experience of working in a large multinational organisation.

Craig McEwen, chief information security officer at Anglo American, said: “Anglo American, through its FutureSmart MiningTM programme, operates cutting-edge digital technologies to help make our mines safer, more efficient and reduce our impact on the environments where we operate.

“It means we have a sophisticated digital infrastructure that needs to be protected from a wide range of cyber security threats, which are growing in both number and complexity year on year.

“This apprenticeship will give trainees a fantastic opportunity.

"It will be a challenging course that demands commitment from the candidates who will be operating at a high level, encountering complex and fast-moving problems, supported by a world-class team to train and support their growth.

“Cyber security is changing at a rapid pace, and it’s our job to keep up with it. Our analysts have to be incredibly diligent as they can be called on to tackle a wide variety of different issues every day.”

Craig added: “Cyber security is a fascinating and rewarding career path. Within the field there are a wide range of roles that are growing all the time.

“We’re looking for people with inquisitive minds and an ability to commit themselves fully. You don’t necessarily need to have a knowledge of computers, although it’s an advantage.”

Beckie Newland is already a security operations analyst, having recently completed a cyber security apprenticeship with Anglo American. Her experience has helped to inform this new programme.

She said: “I love the problem-solving nature of the role, and the opportunity it gives you to make a real impact on the organisation by introducing tools and processes that ultimately make people safer.

“You also get to work with colleagues from all over the world. It’s been fascinating to get to know them and their cultures.

“And as an apprentice you’re treated just like any other member of the Anglo American team. Your opinion and ideas matter.”

To be eligible for the apprenticeship, candidates must be 18 or over by the end of the summer holidays in 2022 before the apprenticeship starts, have at least 3 A Levels or level 3 equivalent and 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English or an equivalent qualification.

Candidates must also not hold any other Level 4 (or above) qualifications in the cyber discipline, as this makes potential apprentices ineligible.

An information event is being held at the Anglo American offices in Scarborough on Thursday October 21. Visit: https://uk.angloamerican.com/careers/cybersecurityapprenticeships