Cyber skills are in demand

Cyber security is part of our daily lives – from music streaming, to gaming, online banking, even powering 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 show that there’ll be 100,000 unfilled cyber security roles in the UK by 2022* – as half of businesses still lack the 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.

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.

Trailblazers and Adventurers are the first in a series of CyberFirst events that start the students on an exciting path to introduce how computer science could potentially augment and enhance their future career paths. They’re free, fun and interactive sessions which opens young minds to a world of new possibilities and focus on how to work safely and securely within those opportunities.

Who can attend

Trailblazers and Adventurers are open to Students in Year 8/9 in England and Wales and Year 9/10 in Northern Ireland and S2/S3 in Scotland.

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

CyberFirst Dev Days

What does Trailblazers cover?

Go Create

Learn the basics of how to customise a website and generate enthusiasm to contribute to the World Wide Web.

Digital Detective

Use digital forensics to identify the first person who has contracted a disease and learn how open-source intelligence can lead to finding out more information about this person.

Creative Computing

Look into how creative design, arts and technology work together. Take a closer view on how the media industry and advertising combine these elements while having the chance to create your own advert sequence using stop motion in teams.

What does Adventurers cover?

Data Games

Understand and use big data to create the perfect team using a set of sports results, comparing with others and learning to interpret the data.

Crack the Code

Against the clock you will work within teams to unlock various devices. You will get a taste of cryptography, language analysis and understand some cyber security terms. But don’t be distracted as the timer won’t stop until you Crack the Code.


3D printers have started to revolutionise the engineering industry. Have a look into how technology and engineering fit together and move into the future in partnership. Have the chance to create your very own model using 3D design software.

Upcoming events

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