16 July 2012
IT professionals working in large banks could provide the cyber skills needed by the military in future as reservists, an MoD body has said.
The claim has been made by Sabre, a Ministry of Defence funded body which promotes the benefits of employing reservists to employers.
It has come as the number of trained reservists is set to significantly rise in order to balance the thousands of regular soldiers being cut from the army.
According to The Scotsman, Sabre director Tim Corry said the military "does not teach cyber skills per se".
"So we are talking about recruiting IT professionals," he said. "I would think a lot of them work for large banking companies, which have big security issues protecting their data."
Other professions could also offer specialist skills as reservists. "A large proportion of medics are reservists, and we also want linguists and engineers, where if you could bring them in you would not have to spend a lot of time and money training them," he said.
This article first appeared on our sister site Publicservice.co.uk