There’s never been a better time to explore what a career in cyber security has to offer. Estimates show that there’ll be 100,000 unfilled cyber security roles in the UK by 2022 as half of businesses still lack the technical know-how to protect against cyber-attacks and critical security breaches. People, businesses and institutions all over the world are relying on cyber security professionals.
Inspired and led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, CyberFirst are on a mission to make careers in cyber security as accessible as possible. Girls in Years 8 and 9 in England and Wales, can join free cyber security development days running throughout February and March 2023.
The CyberFirst Girls Development Day initiative is designed to increase understanding of the different specialisms within cyber security and equip girls with valuable, in-demand skills.
There is a series of fun, interactive face-to-face one-day courses as well as virtual courses, to choose from. On the day, the girls will be role playing as cyber security experts working for a fictitious app company, Sirius Cyberworks. Unfortunately, disaster has struck and there has been a serious breach of the company network – a new flagship app has been leaked. The girls’ role is to work through four different parts of the company, uncovering how the leak happened whilst learning new cyber skills along the way.