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Cyber security gets a boost as new Cyber Lab opens

23 Jan

The North West’s first cyber lab has officially opened at Energus, near Workington in Cumbria.

The launch event held on Friday 19th January brought together supply chain partners, local businesses and apprentices to hear presentations from leading Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Energus figures, before the official cutting of the ribbon and tour of the new lab. It was an exciting day for the team from Pure AV, who as the audiovisual partner for the project, designed and delivered the technology solutions in the room.

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Colin Reed, director of Energus and chairman of the National College for Nuclear, said:

"We have created a facility which addresses a national demand for cyber security capability to deliver the best quality young people to work in the industry."

The facility itself, is a collaboration between Energus and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and provides apprentices with an immersive space to learn the skills necessary to defend computer systems against cyber-attacks.

The first apprentices started in September and will combine work-based placements with study at the centre. The lab will also be used to deliver courses linked to the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme and will be available to hire to businesses across Cumbria, to allow the upskilling of their workforce within Cyber Security.

Pure AV worked closely with brand design agency FPP and the Energus team on the development of the lab and attended the official opening.

Tony Crossley, pre-sales technical director at Pure AV, said,

“It is great to be here at the launch of the lab and see first-hand the positive reactions to the space we have created, I am particularly encouraged by the response of the apprentices who are clearly delighted by their new learning environment”.

The lab itself combines dynamic lighting and striking room graphics to create an instant impact on learners and ready them to immerse themselves in the task at hand. The audiovisual system created by Pure AV enables the flexible delivery of teaching content and active engagement between apprentice and course leader as they learn how to tackle viruses and experience simulated cyber-attack.

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More information about the room set-up will be available from our case study which is due for publication shortly. In the meantime please contact us if you would like additional information about the Cyber Lab solution.

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