Global cyber and information security experts, ThinkMarble, hosted the first CyberFirst Adventurers course for students aged between 11-14 years old in the South East in association with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ. The one-day short course on 23rd October took place at the University of Portsmouth, and formed part of a drive to develop the next generation of cyber security experts.
The CyberFirst initiative, which was first launched in May 2016 and is a pivotal part of the government’s National Cyber Security Programme, has been developed to introduce students from the ages of 11-17 to the world of cyber security. The CyberFirst Adventurers course was aimed at 11-14 year old students with the hope that it will help inform their GCSE subject choices and provide them with the opportunity to see how studying computer science and related STEM subjects could enhance their future career prospects.
As organisations continue to defend themselves against cyber criminals and hackers, the demand for more skilled people to enter the field is increasing.
– Andy Miles, ThinkMarble
“Providing younger students with an opportunity to experience cyber and computer education is helping to increase the awareness of how beneficial cyber skills can be and developing a talent pipeline that will meet the UK’s future needs,” said Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for Cyber Skills and Growth at National Cyber Security Centre.
ThinkMarble ran the free one day non-residential course which consisted of four themed modules which offered an interactive and hands-on learning experience to showcase the varied roles and jobs in the cyber security industry. Registrations for the course were open to students, with 75% of spaces for the first day filled within the first 24 hours.
Andy Miles, Founder & CEO of ThinkMarble, explained: “Cyber security hits the headlines on a regular basis and as organisations continue to defend themselves against cyber criminals and hackers, the demand for more skilled people to enter the field is increasing. We know there is a skills shortage facing our industry and courses such as the CyberFirst Adventures are innovative ways to engage students into cyber security.”