What is Cyber Discovery?
Cyber Discovery is an integral component of the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy, providing young people with an opportunity to begin the journey towards an exciting and challenging career in a field that is facing a significant shortage of trained professionals.
The programme consists of four phases – Assess, Game, Essentials and Elite – all of which involve challenges, tasks and games designed to improve students cyber security knowledge.
Whether you are a careers advisor, head of year or languages teacher, we need your help by encouraging as many young people to register! By opening up the Cyber Discovery programme to all 13-18 year olds, regardless of their subject choices, we have guided many young adults with varying interests and skills onto a career path that they love and never knew existed.
We don’t know where we may find the next cyber security expert. Could they be sitting in your classroom?
“A number of our students have now gained work experience placements, and jobs working in cyber security.”Previous Cyber Discovery Club Leader
“Cyber Discovery is a good way of engaging students who may not have thought they were good enough to enter this area because of a shortfall in their GCSEs.”Previous Cyber Discovery Club Leader
Objectives of this programme
Exposure – Expose as many students as possible to the field of cyber security – even those who had not considered computing or STEM subjects as an interest.
Diversity and opportunity – Give as many students as possible the opportunity to have a go at the challenges in Cyber Discovery.
Networking – Continue building a community of teachers, parents, mentors and volunteers that work together to improve students’ digital skills and invest in our future visionaries.
How the programme works
The programme is delivered entirely online and provides all the materials your students need to learn. The first stage, CyberStart Assess, is open to all students. After that, students are selected to progress based on their ability.
CyberStart Assess 3rd September 2019 – 25th October 2019
Designed to identify those with innate talent and aptitude for cyber security work, CyberStart Assess is an online assessment tool containing a range of short challenges.
CyberStart Game5th November 2019 – 1st May 2020
Students who excel in CyberStart Assess can move on to take on the role of a security agent to gather information, crack codes, find security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails.
CyberStart Essentials16th December 2019 – 1st May 2020
Through interactive labs, videos, exams and quizzes, CyberStart Essentials provides the theoretical knowledge behind advanced security topics.
CyberStart EliteSummer 2020
Top-performing students will be invited to exciting face-to-face residential camps to meet industry experts and take part in top-class training.
New for 2019, students will also be able to take part in online Capture the Flag competitions throughout the programme.