Inspiring Generation Z to become Scotland’s future cyber crime fighters
21 April 2017
The hunt is on for the nation's best young codebreakers as Cyber
Games Scotland launches its 2017 competition during a week of
dedicated digital skills events run by organisations across
Now open for registrations, Cyber Games Scotland is part of a
wider drive to inspire more young people to pick a career fighting
The competition tests teams of 12 to 16 year olds in innovative
scenarios designed to develop the practical and usable cyber
security skills in demand by industry. Last year 176 teams from
schools across Scotland registered to 'crack each other's
The Games will kick off in May with a week of virtual
code-breaking challenges. Teams will compete for a chance to win a
place in the face-to-face final in autumn and the winners will be
recognised at this year's National Cyber Security Awards.
The Scottish Government's Cyber Resilience Strategy - launched
in 2015 - aims to make Scotland a
world-leader in cyber resilience by 2020. A key part of this
strategy is to educate and train young people to raise awareness of
the threat and inspire the future cyber security workforce.
Dr Martin Beaton, Cyber Security Network Integrator for
Scotland, says: "The UK has a world-class cyber security sector but
we are facing a shortage of skilled specialists who are needed to
tackle the growing threat from hackers and ensure Scotland's cyber
He continues: "There is huge demand for young talent and
initiatives like Cyber Games Scotland are a key way for us to
attract, develop and nurture our future cyber security workforce.
We have an ongoing programme of events and initiatives which is
building momentum and raising awareness of the opportunities in the
Figures released by Norton suggest that
13.8 million consumers were targeted by cyber attacks in 2016
alone so it is vital that Scotland creates a pipeline of cyber
defenders for the future.
Dr Janet Brown, Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications
Authority, said: "In order to face the challenges presented by an
increasingly connected and online society, people need to be
trained, recruited, and working in cyber security roles.
"Our portfolio of National Progression Awards in Cyber Security
provide an excellent entry point for learners into the sector. The
awards have been developed in partnership with industry experts to
capture the interest of learners and provide an excellent starting
point for those keen to develop their skills and embark upon a
career in digital security."
Young people with an interest in cyber security once again have
the opportunity to attend free National Cyber Security Centre
(NCSC) summer camps in Glasgow and Edinburgh. There are two
residential options available - CyberFirst
Defenders and CyberFirst
Advanced - as well as CyberFirst
Futures, a female only non-residential course.
Bursary scheme, inspired and led by NCSC, will open for
applications this month. It offers a £4000 per year bursary,
alongside guaranteed work experience during summer holidays. The
bursary is available to UK nationals studying STEM courses at
university and the scheme aims to place winners into cyber security
roles upon graduation.
There are also plans to expand the successful Cyber Security
Christmas Lectures series, which has been running since 2012, to
include events in London and Orkney.
now open for the free lectures, which are delivered by leading
cyber security experts and reached around 2700 young people in five
cities last December. The lectures give school pupils and their
teachers the opportunity to delve into hot topics such as ethical
hacking, digital forensics and data security in a fun and engaging
To find out more about careers in the digital technologies
sector visit www.digitalworld.net
Registration for the Cyber Games Scotland is now open:
Registrations for the Christmas Lectures is now open: http://www.christmascyberlectures.org/
Registration for the NCSC cyber camps is now open:
Applications for the NCSC bursary will open this month and
people can register their interest today: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/articles/cyber-first-bursary-scheme
Source - Skills Development Scotland