Cyber threat drives graduate recruitment programme

The largest proportion of BAE Systems' graduate intake for 2015 will join the Company’s cyber security arm for the third consecutive year.

The news comes as the threat of cyber crime, whether by individual threat actors or nation states, continues to rise.

Of the 293 graduates being recruited to work in the UK business, a third of them, 98 graduates, will join BAE Systems’ Applied Intelligence business unit, which is headquartered in Guildford in Surrey with additional offices in Leeds, London and Gloucester.

The continued recruitment drive for IT and engineering graduates ensures that the Applied Intelligence business is equipped to help clients combat digital crime as fraud becomes more cyber-enabled and tools used by criminals become more sophisticated, blending across disciplines.

The Metropolitan Police revealed it is facing roughly 54,000 reports of cyber fraud in the capital each year.

Dr Scott McVicar, managing director, 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.

“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.

“They will have access to an excellent training and development programme, will work with the UK’s largest organisations, and will be using some of the world’s most advanced threat detection and prevention solutions.”

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