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Inspiring the next generation of cyber security professionals

12 August 2020

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The School of Computer Science and Informatics is hosting an important event which encourages school pupils to pursue a career in cyber security.

The School is delighted to be running a CyberFirst Adventurers event for the second time after a hugely successful experience two years ago, and is excited for the opportunity to reach even more pupils by making the event virtual due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

During the one-day course taking place on 26th August – which was put together by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - 11 to 14-year-olds will learn about code cracking, web app development and digital forensics.

CyberFirst is a programme of opportunities run by the NCSC to help young people aged 11 - 17 years explore their passion for tech by introducing them to the fast paced world of cyber security, and Cardiff University is a proud supporter of the programme.

Engagement activity at the School of Computer Science and Informatics

Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Growth, said: “CyberFirst Adventurers offers young people and their families the chance to see how studying computer science and an interest in technology can enhance their career prospects - especially in cyber security.

“Most young people have used internet-connected devices from a very early age and the NCSC is committed to helping them think about taking that existing knowledge to the next level.

“It’s great to see Cardiff University inspiring the next generation of cyber security experts in Wales.”

Dr Yulia Cherdantseva, Lecturer and Cyber Security Theme Lead at the School of Computer Science and Informatics said: "In view of a persistent cyber security workforce shortage, it is important to establish and maintain a continuous pipeline of qualified and enthusiastic cyber security professionals. Young people should be offered multiple opportunities to find out more about cyber security and about possible careers in this field at the right time when they are just about to make their GCSE choices.

“We at Cardiff University are delighted to support the CyberFirst program and to provide young people with another opportunity to learn more about computer science and cyber security, and to enable them to make a more informed choice of a future career partway.

“We received highly positive feedback from the participants attending our last event and it was a pleasure to see their smiling and inspired faces at the end of the day. The format of the event has changed from face-to-face to virtual this year, this will allow more participants from further away to join the event while we make sure it is equally interactive, engaging and informative!"

The University has been recognised by the UK Government as the first Academic Centre of Excellence in cyber security research in Wales.

The School of Computer Science and Informatics teaches and carries out research in the cyber security field, offering programmes such as BSc Computer Science with Security and Forensics and MSc Cybersecurity.

You can register to attend the CyberFirst Adventurers event here

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