Celebrating CyberScotland Week

Monday 27 February 2023

From 27 February to 3 March, CyberScotland Week aims to improve cyber awareness, showcase innovative work happening across the sector, and promote skills development and careers in cyber security.

From home life to businesses, everyone needs to be cyber aware and resilient in a growing digital world. That’s why SQA offers a host of qualifications in the cyber sector, such as:

Martin Meszaros recently completed a HND in Cyber Security at North East College Scotland, allowing him to progress to the third year of a degree in Cyber Security at Robert Gordon University.

Receiving A grades in both his first and second-year graded units, Martin went on to compete in the World Skills IT Support Technician Competition, receiving a silver medal in the final. At his graduation ceremony in late 2022, Martin won the SQA Student Award for his achievements and passion for his studies and learning.

Martin says: “It’s crazy to think I came from a small town of less than 1,500 people in Hungary, to winning a medal at a national competition. I started off doing a small Computing course because I wanted to do something with my life, then moved onto a HNC and HND, always finding my lecturers extremely helpful along the way.

“I would recommend a cyber course to anyone looking to study computing in general. It came as a surprise to me how much content the cyber courses cover. They teach all the fundamentals of computing and security, and I found myself interested in everything we covered. My classes always felt challenging but not too much. It really felt like I was learning every day, which is an amazing feeling to have.

“I’m sure my HND will provide exciting opportunities for the future after graduating. I’m especially interested in mobile device security and my long-standing dream is to one day work for Google. I hope one day I can support them in making millions of users’ lives more secure.”

Bobby Elliott, SQA Qualifications Manager, says that learners like Martin who use SQA’s cyber portfolio have a clear pathway into the cyber security workforce. He explains: “We developed these qualifications in partnership with leading employers and experts from across the cyber sector. Learners can be confident the skills, knowledge and understanding they will develop was prescribed by the leading voices from across the industry and will equip them to thrive in an area which increasingly impacts on every aspect of society.”

You can keep up to date with latest developments and view all Computing, IT and Software qualifications by visiting https://www.sqa.org.uk/computing