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Youngsters learn cyber security to encourage career in IT

Published on: Monday 20th August 2018

Students have been introduced to the world of cyber security.

The Cyber First programme aims to find, support and train the new generation of cyber security experts.

The four-day introductory course held at Energus gave young people aged between 13 and 16 the opportunity to work alongside industry specialists and gain an insight into the pivotal role they play in securing the nation's critical infrastructure and services.

Cyber First is an important part of the UK government’s national cyber security programme developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

The activities are designed to inspire a new generation of cyber security experts in a complex industry which has a "massive" skills shortage.

Kasey Walker, 14, a West Lakes Academy pupil, said: "It's been really good. We got to hack each other's computers with remote access.

"I wanted to do computer science at GCSE but there weren't enough people so this was a good opportunity to have a go."

Cameron Brooks, 15, a student at Nelson Tomlinson School, said: "I want to go into cyber defence in the military but they don't do apprenticeships so this is a good opportunity."

Jack Heald, 16, has just left Dowdales School and is looking forward to studying I.T. and software development at Kendal College in September.

He said: "I'm looking into cyber security as a career path so it's been a good opportunity to find out a bit more."

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