Majority of BAE's 300 graduates go to war in cyber security

Cyber threats are continuing to drive the BAE Systems graduate recruitment programme, with the majority of next year's graduates being used to fight in the defence company's cyber warfare efforts.

Of the 300 graduates being recruited to work in the UK business, 100 will be joining the company's Applied Intelligence cyber security arm. This is the third year in a row that cyber security has drawn the lion's share of the company's graduates.

BAE Systems’ Applied Intelligence business unit is headquartered in Guildford, Surrey, with additional offices in Leeds, London and Gloucester. Dr Scott McVicar, managing director for 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."

He said: "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."

The other graduates among the 300 will join BAE Systems’ military aircraft business, the maritime naval ships and services businesses, the submarines division, the combat vehicles division, the electronics business, the weapons business, the munitions business, and at head office locations.

Graduates joining BAE Systems in 2015 get a starting salary of between £25,000 to £32,000 dependent on experience and the role they undertake. Two-thirds of BAE Systems’ graduates have a background in science, technology, engineering and maths, said the company.

Earlier this year, the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) awarded a five-year £35 million contract for service integration and management (SIAM) to BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. BAE is responsible for supporting the delivery of the agency’s end-to-end ICT services across its entire national infrastructure.

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