CyberFirst kicks off in Scotland!

Last month, CyberFirst kicked off its hugely popular free summer course programme in Scotland. Week one was a CyberFirst Defenders course for 14 and 15-year-old pupils, with a Futures course for 15 to 16-year-olds and an Advanced course for 16 to 17-year-olds running in weeks two and three.

Inspired and led by the National Cyber Security Centre (a part of GCHQ), the five-day residential courses are a fantastic way for talented young Scottish students to develop their cyber security skills. To start, pupils are introduced to the tools, knowledge and skills needed to build and protect small home networks and their personal devices. As they progress through the age groups, pupils are introduced to the more advanced and practical features of cyber security, including cloud technologies, digital forensics and penetration testing.

Students who attended the Paisley courses were certainly an enthusiastic and talented bunch, and learning was really brought to life by the mix of lectures, lab sessions and guest speakers from organisations including Morgan Stanley and Police Scotland’s Cyber Crime Unit.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this week. It was great making new friends whilst learning about cyber security. I found the lectures very interesting and I thought the guest speakers were good and provided another perspective.”

CyberFirst Futures course attendee

If you have a passion for cyber and are looking to study a degree at university, GCHQ/NCSC’s CyberFirst undergraduate Bursary opens for applications on Monday 3rd September. Through the bursary scheme, up to 300 students could be offered £4,000 for each year of university study and 8 weeks paid training or work placement each summer.

Applications will also be opening for the CyberFirst degree Apprenticeship, which pays £18,450 per year, with a chance to work at GCHQ at the end.

Students can register their interest for the bursary scheme here.

If you’re interested in taking part in the CyberFirst courses, click here to find out more.