BAE Systems plans to recruit more graduates to its cyber and security unit than any other part of its UK business in 2014.
This recruitment drive will boost the effectiveness of the Applied Intelligence business in helping its clients deal with the global rise in digital criminality, as fraud becomes increasingly cyber-enabled and it becomes difficult to look at cybercrime in isolation.
The simultaneous use of cyber and fraud techniques to carry out sophisticated crimes is already prevalent in the USA, where attacks on major retailers such as Target have enabled digital-savvy criminals to steal the data of millions of customers. Other trends Applied Intelligence expects to see this year include further attacks on mobile devices and a growing shift towards identity crime.
David Garfield, Managing Director, Cyber Security at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, said, "The growth of the BAE Systems Applied Intelligence business reflects a rising global demand for expertise and technologies to help businesses defend themselves against cybercrime and effectively manage the threat. To respond to this we need to recruit growing numbers of bright, motivated individuals, particularly IT, engineering and physics graduates.
“The new employees will work on the most exciting and advanced IT systems in the sector and advise clients on managing cyber risk. Their work will be complemented by an excellent training and development programme and the opportunity to work for one of the UK's most innovative and respected companies."
Other graduates being recruited at alternate BAE Systems' UK operations include 69 positions at its military aircraft business, 32 positions in its submarines business and 14 positions in its maritime businesses. Two-thirds of BAE Systems' graduates have a background in science, technology, engineering and maths.