Cyber security is part of our daily lives – helping to keep music streaming, protecting online gaming, securing online banking and even helping to keep the power on in our homes. We all need a basic knowledge of how to protect ourselves and others from online security threats – and anyone with a passion for tech can step up and learn more about how to defend us all.

There’s never been a better time to explore what a career in cyber security has to offer. Estimates suggest that there could be 100,000 unfilled cyber security roles in the UK by 2022* (Prospects.ac.uk) – with half of all businesses looking for more technical know-how to protect against cyber attacks and critical security breaches. People, businesses and institutions all over the world are relying on cyber security professionals. A major challenge that the industry faces in the UK and around the world is the underrepresentation of women in the cyber security workforce.

Inspired and led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, at CyberFirst we’re on a mission to make careers in cyber security as accessible as possible.

 

Rise up to the challenge at the CyberFirst Girls Development Days

Join us at the CyberFirst Girls Development Days for a fun, scenario-based, interactive learning experience. Hear from inspirational guest speakers and trailblazing women leaders working in the cyber industry.

Who can attend?

These development days are open to girls in:

- Year 8/9 in England and Wales

- Year 9/10 in Northern Ireland

- S2/S3 in Scotland

Girls must be UK nationals or must have lived in the UK or British Isles for 5 consecutive years.

What does the course cover?

On the day, you will be role-playing as cyber security experts working for a fictitious app company, Sirius Cyberworks. Unfortunately, disaster has struck and there has been a serious breach of the company network – a new flagship app has been leaked. Your role is to work through four different parts of the company, uncovering how the leak happened whilst learning new cyber skills along the way. The course content is designed around four modules.

Digital Forensics

Detect misconduct or trace suspicious activity. Channel your inner investigator to find evidence on computers, mobile phones and other digital devices.

Cryptography

Crack the codes. In this exciting module, teams will be challenged to use creative ideas to solve problems and design new systems.

Penetration Testing

Stop malicious hackers in their tracks. Discover how to identify different groups that conduct cyber attacks, their motivations and penetration methodologies.

Open Source Intelligence

Find intelligence sources. Everything you do online leaves a digital footprint; how will you protect it?

Join us this October or November

Choose to attend the CyberFirst Development Days either in person at a face-to-face one-day course or attend virtually over two half-day sessions.

Face-to-face course overview

Join us for a full day onsite, at a location convenient for you. There are several dates and locations available for you to choose from. Venues details will be sent to you closer to the time. A delicious lunch and refreshments will be provided and there will be pastoral care on site.

TIMES: Courses run from 9am to 4pm.

Face-to-face dates

PRESTON  Sat, 16 Oct

NOTHERN IRELAND  Sat, 23 Oct 

BRISTOL  Sat, 30 Oct  - FULLY BOOKED

CARDIFF  Sat, 30 Oct 

SALFORD  Sat, 6 Nov

BLACKBURN Sat, 13 Nov

PLYMOUTH  Sat, 20 Nov 

Virtual course overview

The virtual development days are run online and are split into two sessions running over two half-days. The first session will cover modules 1 and 2. The second session will cover modules 3 and 4 and you’ll hear from a guest speaker. 

TIMES: Morning sessions run from 9am to midday. Afternoon sessions run from 1pm to 4pm.

Virtual dates

For any virtual courses that are FULLY BOOKED, you can request to be added onto a waiting list for any of the dates. If there is a cancellation, we will contact you to book you a place.

COHORT 1  Afternoon sessions
Mon, 11 Oct & Tue, 12 Oct - FULLY BOOKED

COHORT 2 Morning sessions
Mon, 25 Oct & Tue, 26 Oct - FULLY BOOKED

COHORT 3 Afternoon sessions
Mon, 25 Oct & Tue, 26 Oct - FULLY BOOKED

COHORT 4 Morning sessions
Thu, 28 Oct & Fri, 29 Oct - FULLY BOOKED

COHORT 5 Afternoon sessions
Thu, 28 Oct & Fri, 29 Oct - FULLY BOOKED

COHORT 6 Newcastle full day virtual session
Thu, 28 Oct - PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

Reserve your place

These development days are free of charge to attend. Just a reminder that due to Covid-19, we are taking the necessary precautions to maintain the safety of our whole community and following all official guidance. If you have any questions, get in touch with us at CyberFirstAdministration@qa.com

Places fill up fast, so book your space now to make sure you don’t miss out!

Reserve your place now