UK cyber security course gets MCA accredited

Plymouth's Cyber Security Awareness course has become MCA accredited Photo: University of Plymouth Plymouth's Cyber Security Awareness course has become MCA accredited Photo: University of Plymouth

A new continuing professional development (CPD) course on maritime cyber security is putting the UK’s University of Plymouth at the forefront of maritime training.

Plymouth is the first university in the country, and one of just a handful of organisations, to be accredited by the Government’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to deliver the Cyber Security Awareness course.

“Becoming the first UK university to gain MCA accreditation for this course is a significant achievement and adds another layer to our range of maritime degree programmes and research in the area,” said Professor Jingjing Xu, Head of Plymouth Business School.

“Having this qualification will significantly improve the employability chances of our students and others who complete it.”

Mounting interest

Recent years have seen growing interest in both cyber and maritime security. National and global bodies like the MCA and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) have responded, with the IMO stipulating that all companies must have cyber security policy in place and provide training to staff from 2021 onwards.

The one-and-a-half day Cyber Security Awareness course is run by the University’s Dartmouth Centre for Seapower and Strategy (DCSS) as part of the Faculty of Business. It will be delivered at the University’s main campus in Plymouth.

The course is to be integrated into degree programmes in the University’s Plymouth Business School and is also open to maritime industry professionals from outside the University.

For more information on the Cyber Security Awareness (MCA) course, visit

By Anne-Marie Causer

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