The UK government on Friday launched a new virtual cyber security school aimed at encouraging teenagers to learn new skills while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. As part of the free lessons, youngsters can learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails while progressing through a game as a cyber agent.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) said this will help them develop important skills needed for future jobs, particularly in cyber security.
“This new initiative will give teenagers something fun and educational to do from home and provide them with a glimpse into the life of a cyber security professional,” said UK Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman. “We have a world-leading cyber sector which plays a crucial role protecting the country and our digital economy, so it is absolutely vital we continue to inspire the next generation of tech talent to help maintain the UK’s strong position,” he said.
The school will provide free weekly webinars run by industry experts teaching fundamental security disciplines such as digital forensics, cryptography and operating systems. Thousands of young people are being encouraged to join the initiative to create the UK’s next generation of professional cyber defenders.