Cyber security protects data, devices, networks, people and programs from attack, theft, damage or any unauthorised access of any kind.
Cyber security awareness and skills are vital for the whole of society, and it's not just big organisations that need protected.
From an individual's perspective, we store lots of personal information on our devices, so it’s important we keep safe online, and any small company that has an online presence, or uses digital processes and tools, needs to ensure they are also cyber safe.
The average salary for cyber security experts in Scotland in 2019 was £54,900 which is 88% higher than the average Scottish salary of £29,200
36% of businesses reported having a cyber security breach in 2021
86% of businesses experienced a phishing attack 2021
Thinking about starting a career in cyber security but not sure where to begin? There are many free challenges and competitions you can take part in which will give you an idea of the kind of skills required. Also visit here to found out more about related qualifications.
CyberFirst is a programme of opportunities to help young people aged 11 - 17 years explore their passion for tech by introducing them to the fast-paced world of cyber security.
The programme is aimed at developing the UK's next generation of cyber professionals through their student bursaries, courses for 11 – 17 year olds and competitions.
CyberTV showcases fantastic industries interviews, topical discussions by students and work experience.
Have a go at protecting CyberLand from cyber-attacks whilst learning and developing key skills.
Free interactive exercises for 12 – 18 year olds.
A guide filled with fun ways to learn digital skills and alternative ways to get into cyber security, as well as info on how to stay safe online.
Christmas Cyber Lectures
A national programme of events for schools to raise awareness of cyber security.
These free and fun talks are provided by industry experts and bring the subject to life in an educational and fun session.
This will be returning in 2021.
Discover Cyber Skills
This four year programme enters its final year in 2021. So far more than 100,000 pupils and teachers have enjoyed interactive lessons designed to introduce the world of cyber security skills and careers to S1, S2 and S3 pupils in Scotland.