Cyber Policy Department, National Security Directorate, FCDO

The priorities for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) Cyber and Tech Programme are to tackle cyber-security threats, build resilience to cyber-security attacks, and promote trusted and secure technology across the world.

This approach is underpinned by developing skills and using our influence.  The programme is rolling out a range of UK products and services internationally. This includes the transfer of a wide range of skills that will help protect people in the UK and overseas from cyber attacks.

One of the primary aims of the Cyber and Tech Programme is to support the implementation of the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration.  Agreed by Heads at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2018, the Declaration recognises that access to information and digital literacy can be a powerful catalyst for economic empowerment and inclusion.

As a Commonwealth Member, the UK has committed to expanding digital access and digital inclusion for all communities without discrimination and regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, geographic location or language. Digital inclusion of young people in the Commonwealth can contribute in a positive way to their education, social engagement and entrepreneurship.

Chevening and the Cyber Policy Department

The Chevening Scholarships programme is internationally renowned and has built a very large alumni network. The UK is a world leader in cyber security and has some of the world’s leading academic institutions in the field. With the increasing reliance on digital networks we are keen to work with the Chevening Scholarship Programme to identify and build long-lasting relationships with the cyber security leaders of tomorrow. This will also enhance the Chevening programme’s already impressive alumni network.

Chevening has a well-established system for identifying candidates for scholarships and we are partnering with them to ensure we secure strong applications for our best academic institutions and courses. It is important that we secure value for money from our investment in the scholarships programme through attendance on National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) certified courses.

These courses help:

  • universities to attract high quality students from around the world
  • employers to recruit skilled staff and develop the cyber skills of existing employees
  • prospective students make informed choices when looking for a highly valued qualification

Who does the partnership support?

The partnership will offer four awards to scholars from Commonwealth countries who wish to study master’s courses in cyber security and closely related subjects.