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Everyone can make an impact on young people's lives by showing them the world of cyber... You don't always need to be a technical whizz yourself.

We need people like you to help us inspire young minds and nurture talent to ensure the next generation of cyber professionals will have the skills they need to safeguard our digital planet.

Our resource library is available for anyone to use and includes lots of great activities and educational content such as lesson plans, homework booklets and more.

Submitted by teachers and students at our CyberFirst Schools and Colleges, as well as industry and academia members, there's lots of exciting content available.

CyberTV

CyberTV showcases lots of fantastic videos including interviews, vlogs and discussions from students, apprentices, and industry experts.

Hear what students have been up to at our CyberFirst Schools, or perhaps you're looking for role models talking about their careers and how they got into the cyber industry?

Whether you're looking for a 2 min video or a 10 minute interview, you'll find lots of things to watch on CyberTV.

Role models

There are lots of unhelpful stereo-types around cyber security and the technology industry. The truth is we need people from all walks of life and all abilities to play their part in making the UK the safest place to live and work online.

Role models are key to showing young people that a career in cyber security or technology can be for everyone. There is such a variety of roles and specialisms, not all of them are technical, and many different entry routes into the industry.

Click the button below to hear more from our role models who all have very different skills, jobs and backgrounds but all work in cyber security.

Using Technology To Enhance The Curriculum

Knockevin Special School in Northern Ireland is the first Special School to receive CyberFirst status with their Bronze Award in 2021.

Computing skills are not taught as a stand-alone subject, but are fully integrated and reinforced across all subjects.

Pupils even worked together to design their ‘Digital Safeguarding Mascot’ and decide on key safety messages that would become their ‘code’ for staying safe online.

Sharing Knowledge

Abertillery Learning Community was awarded a CyberFirst Silver Award in 2021.

Students from all key stages can apply to be a "Digital Leader" where they must complete a series of tasks to demonstrate their understanding and skills.

These Digital Leaders share their knowledge with primary school students by holding E-safety workshops and providing a carousel of activities for them to complete.

This has also been delivered to parents.

Finding Cyber In Lessons

Ballycastle High School was awarded a CyberFirst Silver Award in 2021.

During the home economics lessons at Ballycastle High School, pupils are shown how to follow recipes using flowcharts and algorithms.

They have also incorporated encryption into maths when teaching about prime numbers.

August 2022

CyberFirst Futures Bristol (Residential)

A free five-day residential course for 15 and 16-year-old students, introducing them to more advanced practical features of cyber security. Explore advanced cyber security threats to devices, apps and software, then discover ways to protect against them. The course offers an insight into not just the method but the motivation behind cyber threats. Students will also explore legislation, study typical behaviours of likely cyber attackers, and apply this new understanding of how to protect networks. These skills will help students and their friends and family stay safe online.

When: 15 Aug - 19 Aug 2022
Duration: Five days
Who is it for: Students currently in Year 11 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland) and Year 12 (Northern Ireland)
delivery: Residential
August 2022

CyberFirst Futures Bristol (Non-residential)

A free five-day non-residential course for 15 and 16-year-old students, introducing them to more advanced practical features of cyber security. Explore advanced cyber security threats to devices, apps and software, then discover ways to protect against them. The course offers an insight into not just the method but the motivation behind cyber threats. Students will also explore legislation, study typical behaviours of likely cyber attackers, and apply this new understanding of how to protect networks. These skills will help students and their friends and family stay safe online.

When: 15 Aug - 19 Aug 2022
Duration: Five days
Who is it for: Students currently in Year 11 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland) and Year 12 (Northern Ireland)
delivery: In person - Non-residential
August 2022

CyberFirst Futures Virtual Summer Course (2)

A free five-day online course for 15 and 16-year-old students, introducing them to more advanced practical features of cyber security. Explore advanced cyber security threats to devices, apps and software, then discover ways to protect against them. The course offers an insight into not just the method but the motivation behind cyber threats. Students will also explore legislation, study typical behaviours of likely cyber attackers, and apply this new understanding of how to protect networks. These skills will help students and their friends and family stay safe online.

When: 08 Aug - 19 Aug 2022
Duration: Ten half-day structured sessions
Who is it for: Students currently in Year 11 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland) and Year 12 (Northern Ireland)
delivery: Virtual
August 2022

CyberFirst Advanced Lancaster (Residential)

A free five-day residential course for 16 and 17-year-old students to build advanced skills in some key areas of cyber security. CyberFirst Advanced will hone the skills and behaviours needed to enter the cyber security or tech-based workplace for real. The course is designed to expand the knowledge of students already studying computer science or who have a passion and aptitude for all things tech. Gain skills in key areas including digital forensics, encryption technologies, penetration testing and open-source intelligence techniques. These skills will help students and their friends and family stay safe online.

When: 15 Aug - 19 Aug 2022
Duration: Five days
Who is it for: Students currently in Year 12 (England and Wales), S6 (Scotland) and Year 13 (Northern Ireland)
delivery: Residential
August 2022

CyberFirst Advanced Surrey (Residential)

A free five-day residential course for 16 and 17-year-old students to build advanced skills in some key areas of cyber security. CyberFirst Advanced will hone the skills and behaviours needed to enter the cyber security or tech-based workplace for real. The course is designed to expand the knowledge of students already studying computer science or who have a passion and aptitude for all things tech. Gain skills in key areas including digital forensics, encryption technologies, penetration testing and open-source intelligence techniques. These skills will help students and their friends and family stay safe online.

When: 15 Aug - 19 Aug 2022
Duration: Five days
Who is it for: Students currently in Year 12 (England and Wales), S6 (Scotland) and Year 13 (Northern Ireland)
delivery: Residential
August 2022

CyberFirst Advanced Virtual Summer Course (3)

A free online course for 16 and 17-year-old students to build advanced skills in some key areas of cyber security. CyberFirst Advanced will hone the skills and behaviours needed to enter the cyber security or tech-based workplace for real. The course is designed to expand the knowledge of students already studying computer science or who have a passion and aptitude for all things tech. Gain skills in key areas including digital forensics, encryption technologies, penetration testing and open-source intelligence techniques. These skills will help students and their friends and family stay safe online.

When: 15 Aug - 19 Aug 2022
Duration: Five full-day structured sessions
Who is it for: Students currently in Year 12 (England and Wales), S6 (Scotland) and Year 13 (Northern Ireland)
delivery: Virtual
August 2022

CyberFirst Defenders Virtual Summer Course (2)

A free online course for 14 to 15 year-olds. The course offers a valuable introduction to building and protecting small networks and personal devices. CyberFirst Defenders increases students’ awareness of cyber security, whilst equipping them with a set of relevant practical skills they can apply in their own lives. It also helps students visualise themselves in a cyber security career, guiding them to the technology-related qualifications they’ll need. This course helps those who attend stay safe online.

When: 15 Aug - 26 Aug 2022
Duration: Ten half-day structured sessions
Who is it for: Students currently in Year 10 (England and Wales), S4 (Scotland) and Year 11 (Northern Ireland)
delivery: Virtual
August 2022

CyberFirst Futures Virtual Summer Course (3)

A free five-day online course for 15 and 16-year-old students, introducing them to more advanced practical features of cyber security. Explore advanced cyber security threats to devices, apps and software, then discover ways to protect against them. The course offers an insight into not just the method but the motivation behind cyber threats. Students will also explore legislation, study typical behaviours of likely cyber attackers, and apply this new understanding of how to protect networks. These skills will help students and their friends and family stay safe online.

When: 15 Aug - 26 Aug 2022
Duration: Ten half-day structured sessions
Who is it for: Students currently in Year 11 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland) and Year 12 (Northern Ireland)
delivery: Virtual
August 2022

CyberFirst Advanced Warwick (Residential)

A free five-day residential course for 16 and 17-year-old students to build advanced skills in some key areas of cyber security. CyberFirst Advanced will hone the skills and behaviours needed to enter the cyber security or tech-based workplace for real. The course is designed to expand the knowledge of students already studying computer science or who have a passion and aptitude for all things tech. Gain skills in key areas including digital forensics, encryption technologies, penetration testing and open-source intelligence techniques. These skills will help students and their friends and family stay safe online.

When: 22 Aug - 26 Aug 2022
Duration: Five days
Who is it for: Students currently in Year 12 (England and Wales), S6 (Scotland) and Year 13 (Northern Ireland)
delivery: Residential
August 2022

CyberFirst Advanced Belfast (Residential)

A free five-day residential course for 16 and 17-year-old students to build advanced skills in some key areas of cyber security. CyberFirst Advanced will hone the skills and behaviours needed to enter the cyber security or tech-based workplace for real. The course is designed to expand the knowledge of students already studying computer science or who have a passion and aptitude for all things tech. Gain skills in key areas including digital forensics, encryption technologies, penetration testing and open-source intelligence techniques. These skills will help students and their friends and family stay safe online.

When: 22 Aug - 26 Aug 2022
Duration: Five days
Who is it for: Students currently in Year 12 (England and Wales), S6 (Scotland) and Year 13 (Northern Ireland)
delivery: Residential
August 2022

CyberFirst Advanced Virtual Summer Course (2)

A free online course for 16 and 17-year-old students to build advanced skills in some key areas of cyber security. CyberFirst Advanced will hone the skills and behaviours needed to enter the cyber security or tech-based workplace for real. The course is designed to expand the knowledge of students already studying computer science or who have a passion and aptitude for all things tech. Gain skills in key areas including digital forensics, encryption technologies, penetration testing and open-source intelligence techniques. These skills will help students and their friends and family stay safe online.

When: 15 Aug - 26 Aug 2022
Duration: Ten half-day structured sessions
Who is it for: Students currently in Year 12 (England and Wales), S6 (Scotland) and Year 13 (Northern Ireland)
delivery: Virtual
November 2022

2023 CyberFirst Girls Competition - Online Qualifier Round

The CyberFirst Girls Competition aims to support girls interested in a career in cyber security. Whatever your ability, from beginner to expert, the CyberFirst Girls Competition is an opportunity to learn something new about cyber security. The Online Qualifier Round will run for 10 days from midday to midday.

When: 21 November 2022 - 30 November 2022
Duration: 10 Days
Who is it for: Teams of up to 4 female students in Y8, S2 or Y9 (NI)
delivery: Online
November 2022

2023 CyberFirst Girls Competition - Registration Opens

The CyberFirst Girls Competition aims to support girls interested in a career in cyber security. Whatever your ability, from beginner to expert, the CyberFirst Girls Competition is an opportunity to learn something new about cyber security. Registration opens on 26 September 2022, click 'Sign Up' to find out more about how your school can get involved and register your teams.

When: 26 September 2022
Duration:
Who is it for: Teams of up to 4 female students in Y8, S2 or Y9 (NI)
delivery:

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CyberFirst Futures Bristol (Residential)

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CyberFirst Futures Bristol (Non-residential)

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CyberFirst Futures Virtual Summer Course (2)

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CyberFirst Advanced Lancaster (Residential)

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CyberFirst Advanced Surrey (Residential)

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CyberFirst Advanced Virtual Summer Course (3)

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CyberFirst Defenders Virtual Summer Course (2)

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CyberFirst Futures Virtual Summer Course (3)

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CyberFirst Advanced Warwick (Residential)

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CyberFirst Advanced Belfast (Residential)

Aug 2022 / Sold out

CyberFirst Advanced Virtual Summer Course (2)

Nov 2022

2023 CyberFirst Girls Competition - Online Qualifier Round

Nov 2022

2023 CyberFirst Girls Competition - Registration Opens