Alex Bennett

Technical Writer at Firebrand Training

Location icon United Kingdom

Alex is a technical writer for Firebrand Training. Working at the forefront of the IT training industry, he uses his insider knowledge to write regularly on IT security, networking and cloud technology.

Cybersecurity in 2025: the skills we'll need to tackle threats of the future

Two-thirds of large UK firms were targeted by cybercriminals in 2016. As the number of attacks continues to rise, what skills will the next generation of professionals need to protect us from AI hackers, rogue self-driving cars and financial ruin? The global cost of cybercrime is predicted to reach £4.9 trillion annually by 2021 and new cybersecurity trends are emerging.

The Next Web
5 ways hacking will evolve in the future

Criminals are more likely than ever to get access to your online banking accounts and sensitive personal data, like health records. Increasingly well-funded and complex hacks are predicted to cost $6 trillion a year by 2021, according to data from Cybersecurity Ventures. Experts agree that the situation will worsen.

Why Azure developers need security skills

With the global rise in cyber crime - especially ransomware - it is now more important than ever for applications developed on Microsoft Azure to be secure. "On average, there are now 777 cloud apps in use in European organisations, but 94.4% of these apps are not enterprise-ready from a security standpoint," said Eduard Meelhuysen, vice-president at cloud security firm Netskope.

Computer Business Review
Highest Paying Jobs in Cyber Security 2017

Add to favorites If you're working in IT, or looking for a career change, a job in cyber security can be rewarding - especially if you land one of these high-paying roles. Demand for staff with cyber security skills has increased more than 50% because of explosive growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) and introduction of EU General Data Protection Regulation in 2018.

Why ethical hacking is the top job of 2017

61 percent of UK businesses believe they will suffer from cyber crime in 2017, according to new research from Mimecast. These anxieties are justified: two thirds of large UK businesses were targeted by cyber criminals last year.

SC Magazine UK
Apprenticeship Levy set to provide the funds to close the skills gap

High profile cyber-breaches wreaked havoc across UK businesses in 2016 with costs to firms hitting £34.1 billion. Confidence was shattered in some of our biggest brands and tens of millions of customer records were leaked between Tesco Bank, TalkTalk, Sage and Three mobile.

Information Age
What project managers need to know about cyber security

Cybercrime now makes up 40% of all recorded criminal incidents and an influx of complex and catastrophic cyber security attacks means project managers should be concerned. With the threat of cyber crime looming in 2017, it's crucial that project managers educate themselves on cyber security principles.

Infosecurity Magazine
The Apprenticeship Levy could change the skills shortage

Despite the majority of senior managers citing cybersecurity as a high priority, only 10% of UK firms have an incident management plan. What's more, only 29% of firms surveyed in last year's Cybersecurity Breaches Survey have formal written cybersecurity policies. Even organizations that recognize the need for better cybersecurity are struggling.

Microsoft TechNet UK Blog
Why developers need Microsoft Azure skills in 2017

The widespread adoption of Microsoft Azure means massive opportunities for developers with the right skills. By Alex Bennett, Firebrand Training Alex works for Firebrand Training, a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner. He has worked in the IT training and certification industry for the past 3 years.

IT Pro Portal
Why you should hire a hacker in 2017

The global cost of cybercrime could reach £4.9 trillion annually by 2021, according to a recent report from Cybersecurity Ventures. Cyber crime incidents continue to plague organisations globally, even as businesses pour money into boosting their security. But how do businesses deal with vulnerabilities they cannot identify?

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