9 programmes that are helping to foster the cyber stars of tomorrow

27.01.2017

With cyber crime on the rise, ensuring the UK has the cyber security workforce it needs is more vital than ever if business and citizens are to be kept safe. But despite this increasing demand, the number of people entering the sector remains low. 

Below are 9 programmes working to inspire, support and challenge the UK’s next generation of cyber security professionals, with a few of our own thrown in for good measure.

Schools programmes

Countdown to Chaos
Who’s it for? 
Secondary school teachers
Would-be cyber pros are up against the clock as they work through this simulation of a real-time cyber-attack.  Aimed at secondary school-age students, the resource invites players to spot clues and identify the hacker before the power grid fails and the country falls into chaos.

Learn more about Countdown to Chaos

TechFuture Cyber CPD for Teachers
Who’s it for? 
Secondary school teachers and individual learners
The Tech Partnership’s Cyber Security Accreditation course, prepared in collaboration with NAACE, provides teachers with a broad understanding of cyber security principles to pass forward to pupils. By completing the modules, teachers will have learned about vital areas of cyber security including modules on password security and dealing with malware threats.

Discover CPDs for teachers

Cyber Security Badge Academy
Who’s it for? 
Secondary school teachers and individual learners
The TechFuture Badge Academy inspires young people to build and showcase tech skills by working towards Open Badges. It’s also got a big focus on cyber security with a range of tech employers including Fujitsu, TCS, Samsung and CGI helping to build badges on a range of cyber topics from encryption to hacking.

Read more about the Badge Academy

TechFuture Girls Cyber Safety module
Who’s it for? 
Primary schools teachers who want to engage girls in tech
With the new cyber safety content, students can find out about social engineering, and how to avoid being ‘phished’. Students can also learn about their digital footprint and how to make sure it is not ‘muddy’ and advise their friends and family on cyber safety. Of course, they also learn more about enjoying the Internet safely and securely.

Learn more about TechFuture Girls

General programmes

GCHQ Jobs Finder
Who’s it for? 
Everyone – from beginners to experts looking for a job in cyber
The British intelligence organisation for cyber intelligence hosts comprehensive careers advice on its website for future spooks, alongside a wealth of opportunities, from school-leaver programmes to degree apprenticeships, to help young people take their first steps towards a cyber career.

Visit the GCHQ careers site

Open University’s Introduction to Cyber Security
Who’s it for? 
Anyone looking for an entry-level introduction to cyber
The Open University has curated a range of free content to help people understand online security and protect their digital life. Made in association with Government, it’s a great introduction to security threats that could affect digital information and online services. Participants can work through the course week by week and stop by OpenLearn to find articles, podcasts and plenty more content exploring topics in more depth. A fantastic introduction to cyber.

Read more about the course

Science Museum London Digital Lab Hackathon
Who’s it for? 
Cyber enthusiasts
Hackathons are a great way for hackers of all levels to showcase their skills. Here, coders, designers, fabricators, science buffs, writers, gamers, and have-a-go hackers are invited to hack London’s Science Museum in the first in a series of Hackathons from the Science Museum’s Digital Lab and Samsung. Three prizes are awarded for the most impactful, the most artistic and the most disruptive hacker.

Find out more about the 2017 Digital Lab Hackathon

Cisco’s SuperSmart: the case of the cyber criminal
Who’s it for? 
Young people looking for an entry-level introduction to cyber
Cisco have produced on online graphic novel to explain the work of cyber security professionals. SuperSmart is the novel’s heroine and she must use tech smarts to save Acme from a hacker demanding a million dollars in bitcoin.

Read the adventures of SuperSmart  

Cyber Security Challenge
Who’s it for? 
The challenge suits existing cyber enthusiasts but there’s also a host of resources for teachers and young people
Cyber Security Challenge runs competitions testing all age groups on a variety of cyber skills. Their main competition involves numerous online and face-to-face rounds, culminating in an annual grand finale where a champion is crowned. They also produce a range from schools competitions, boot camps and resources for teachers.

Take the Cyber Security Challenge

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