A fun, interactive, learning programme that could put you on the path to a career in cyber security! The HMG Cyber Schools Programme is a UK Government, extracurricular, cyber security skills programme for 14 to 18 year olds. The programme is being delivered by SANS, BT, FutureLearn and Cyber Security Challenge UK.

Background

To make sure the UK is prepared for the future and ready to tackle the growing threat posed by cyber criminals, we want to help young people learn some of the skills needed to work in the cyber security profession. In the coming years, it will be your generation building, running and protecting the UK – you could be needed to help protect industries such as banking, transport and public services. These affect every part of our daily lives.

The Programme

Initially, you'll learn online at your own pace through a series of games, challenges and projects. You'll also have the opportunity to join a local or regional learning cluster, made up of other students with whom you can chat and collaborate and a teacher or mentor who can help guide you when needed. Additional exciting opportunities to learn about and engage in the cyber security profession will be announced as the programme progresses.

Some of the skills you will learn include digital forensics, defending web attacks, programming and cryptography. But don't worry if you have no experience in these areas - the programme will lead you through them at your own pace and in a fun way. You will also learn the importance of cyber ethics and how to use the newly learned skills in a positive manner.

Top performing students will be invited to take part in supplementary activities - including a three-day cyber security camp with extra face-to-face training and coaching delivered by renowned security experts.

How to take part

The Cyber Schools Programme launches first in England in autumn 2017, with expansion set to be announced in future years. The first step will be to complete an online, multiple-choice assessment that will help us to pick the most suitable students for the first intake.

Find out more and register your interest here