Cyber security scheme for students expands across UK

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The Government is expanding its Cyber Discovery scheme, designed to attract young people into the cyber security industry, by opening it up to candidates in Scotland and Northern Ireland for the first time.

The £20 million programme, which launched in England last year, uses interactive games to teach students about subjects including digital forensics, defending against web attacks and cryptography; over 23,000 young people aged between 14 and 18 took part.

Those who perform at the highest levels also have the opportunity to attend a special summer camp to hone their skills and meet industry leaders.

The scheme sits within Cyber First, the Government’s cyber security skills programme, designed to ensure the UK builds skills in the workforce of the future.

Minister for Digital Margot James said: "We need to inspire young people and show them a career in Cyber Security can be exciting and rewarding, not only to give them more opportunities but also help build a talented workforce for the future.

"The Cyber Discovery programme has been a great success so far. I hope more teenagers will take part and learn that those working in cyber security can come from any walk of life, and have studied any subject."

Registration closes on January 7, 2019.