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Security guard injured in second early morning bank raid in two weeks in Salford

A security guard was injured in another early morning raid on a bank in Salford. It was the second bank robbery in twelve days in the city in which criminals appeared to know exactly what time to strike as cash was being delivered or collected. Two men ambushed the guard at the Royal Bank of Scotland on Mather Way at the city s shopping centre in Pendleton.

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They struck at 7.10am on Tuesday and were armed with a crow bar. The pair escaped in a blue car with a substantial amount of cash.

The Royal Bank of Scotland on Mather Way

Today a notice was posted outside the branch saying it was closed until further notice. On September 7, gunmen escaped with more than 100,000 in a terrifying raid on the Santander branch at Ellesmere Shopping Centre in Walkden.

In that incident a security guard for G4S was forced to lie on the floor during the robbery and had a pistol pressed into their back. Three masked men tailgated a guard as he entered the bank and pushed their way in.

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Armed with a handgun and machete the gang walked into the bank just before 1.20am. Two members of staff were threatened – with one of the victims was forced to lie on the floor at gunpoint.

The trio fled in a distinctive getaway car – a red Mini Cooper which was later recovered in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 – or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Making it big in cyber security

Cyber-security expertise is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s IT landscape, and those with security proficiency have some of the most promising career options in all of tech . In the past year alone we ve seen major data breaches in the servers of Verizon, Deep Root Analytics, Kmart (US), DocuSign and the Intercontinental Hotel Group among many others . And most recently, we saw the biggest hack of them all the compromise of the US credit agency Equifax, which led to the theft of the financial information of up to 143 million people. The growth and increased sophistication of these attacks has led to an explosion of demand for cyber security professionals . In 2016, the global cyber security industry was estimated to be worth $106 billion . By 2023, that s expected to explode to around $639 billion according to research firm IT-Harvest. That explosive growth has led to a huge skills gap when it comes to cyber security . Research organisation Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that worldwide there will be 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs by 2021. Those estimates have been backed up by the number of job ads appearing for cyber security professionals in the last two years .

According to job site Indeed, there was an incredible 124% increase in the number of postings for cyber security professionals between 2015 and 2017 . Seek has reported similar numbers: between February 2016 and February 2017, the number of ads in the sector grew by 57% . And professional body ISACA s survey of businesses reported that in 2017, 65% of those surveyed had a chief information security officer a huge increase from the 50% just a year before. The high demand for cyber security experts has also driven wages in the sector considerably . According to a recent survey by recruiters Robert Half, security specialists starting salaries have grown at a rate of 6.2% in 2017 among the highest rate in any industry . In the survey, Robert Half found that its recruited cyber security specialist wages had a minimum of $118,000 and a maximum of $160,000. Job salary survey site PayScale reports somewhat similar figures . It lists the median salary of an IT security consultant and computer security specialist at $105,000 – $110,000, with more entry level roles at $88,000 . IT security architects can expect a median salary of $135,000+.

Getting qualified

So how do you get a career in cyber security ? Right now there is no official accreditation (although the Australian Information Security Association has been in talks with the Professional Standards Council to create one), but there are plenty of courses one can take to prepare yourself for a career in cyber security. One example of a qualifying course is the Master of IT Management1 from Southern Cross University . It s a two-year part time course that will qualify you for many roles in IT security . It s comprised of 12 units, all of which can be completed using the University s structured online learning system, which requires no on-campus activity and allows the course to flex around your existing time commitments . You can jump in and out of the course as your life allows. Of special note is the Information Systems Security Management unit, which specialises in teaching students to identify and resolve security threats and vulnerabilities .

The unit covers much more than specific resolutions: it also looks at managing risk to the company and partners; legal and ethical considerations; the role of management; and the integration of security systems into existing business practices . The goal is to get you qualified and ready to deal with the growing number of threats facing Australian businesses online . If you can manage that, then your career prospects are good indeed.

What you ll learn in Southern Cross University s Information Systems Security Management

SCU’s Information Systems Security Management unit gives you a specific, up-to-date skillset aimed specifically at cyber security expertise, which includes:

  • How to identify and describe the various threats to the security of digital information and information systems.
  • How to analyse models and practices for managing security of digital information and information systems.
  • How to investigate the human management aspects of security in an enterprise including roles, responsibilities and personalities, and the impact on trading partners.
  • The ability to review and describe the major legal and ethical issues with respect to managing security of digital information and information systems.
  • Analysing the need for managing security of digital information and information systems.
  • How to undertake risk assessment regarding the security of digital information and information systems and develop strategies for controlling risk.

For more information, visit Southern Cross University’s Master of IT Management2 course page, or call 1300 589 882.

References

  1. ^ Master of IT Management (online.scu.edu.au)
  2. ^ Master of IT Management (online.scu.edu.au)

Security guard suffered collapsed lung after being stabbed by woman chasing after ex girlfriend

A jealous woman attacked her ex-girlfriend and then viciously knifed a security officer who arrived to help. Aimee Ellard next lashed out at a police constable who arrested her, describing him as a black b****** and black c****, and screaming: Get that n****** off me! The 26-year-old cried quietly in the dock as she was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court.

Ben Jones, prosecuting, said Ellard had lost her temper after believing that her former partner Jessica Edgar-Brown had been unfaithful in their volatile relationship. Ms Edgar-Brown rang 999, informing police that Ellard was on the way to her home on Pembroke Court, Birkenhead, on February 10, before taking off her rings and preparing herself for a fight . Judge Rachel Smith said Ms Edgar-Brown was confident she d got the better of their bust-up, and left the scene, before realising moments later that she d suffered cuts to her right breast and shoulder blade .

Thomas Rose, who worked as a security guard at the supported living accommodation, tried to stop Ellard from following her ex-partner, but she stabbed him to the upper body.

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He was rushed to the major trauma ward at Aintree Hospital where it was discovered he d suffered a collapsed lung and had lost a lot of blood. Judge Smith said that the rapid treatment he d received had saved his life. Mr Rose, the court said, needed four pints of blood to be pumped into him following the shock attack.

PC Khalid Mahmood came across Ellard at the hospital while she was lying on the ground, crying in pain . It was at this point she racially abused him and was aggressive towards other medical staff. The constable then arrested her for the attack on Ms Edgar-Brown.

Her barrister, Gareth Bellis, told the court: This was a nasty offence including vile language . She is clear of any alcohol addictions and now is a very different person who attends court today.

She is taking every possible advantage of the courses and help while on remand in Styal Prison.

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Mr Rose s injuries meant he was unable to go on a plane or go scuba diving, and now holds his sides when sneezing, coughing or laughing, and feels vulnerable and exposed. In a victim impact statement, he said: I m very wary of certain people and if I see boisterous people it makes me nervous.

Ellard, whose address was listed as Styal Prison, in Cheshire, pleaded guilty to wounding her former partner, racially aggravated harassment of the police officer, and intentionally wounding Mr Rose.