Acton-based cyber security company, JUMPSEC, recently visited a local primary school to share how its team protects some of the world’s biggest brands from hackers, malware, and other cyber-attacks.
As Ealing Borough’s security partner, JUMPSEC has teamed up with the council to collaborate and deliver social value to the community. This kicked off on Friday 22nd of September, at Dairy Meadow Primary School in Southall as part of its first careers event of the academic year.
In a world where everything is going digital and children spend increasing amounts of time on the internet at young ages, it has never been more important to make sure they understand the risks online as well as the potential careers available in cyber-security.
The JUMPSEC team explained their roles within the company and the ten and eleven-year-olds were then given the opportunity to quiz them about their roles in the company. They also discussed core values and the skills needed to build a successful company.
Chris Preece, Head of Offensive Security at JUMPSEC explains: “Bringing cyber security awareness and education into schools is essential to help pupils protect themselves and to attract some of them to study cyber security or computing-related subjects in the future. It was a fun afternoon with the students, and I was impressed by their insightful questions. They asked about the challenges of my role, what I like about my job, as well as internet safety in general and how they can better protect themselves online. The children had the opportunity to speak with members of our team from different parts of the business: security, sales, and operations. We are already looking forward to the next school visit.”
Alex Feldman, Assistant Head Teacher at Dairy Meadow added: “We can’t thank the team from JUMPSEC enough for taking time out of their busy schedules. We want all our young people to dream big, but they can only do that if they are exposed to the world of work from an early age. We hope that our children can view cybersecurity as a viable option for future careers.”
Zamil Ahmed, Assistant Director of Commercial Hub at Ealing Council concluded: “A great example of how our approach to social value is working to support Ealing Council residents and communities. Thanks to JUMPSEC, Dairy Meadow Primary School and colleagues for taking part.”