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Looking beyond strong passwords

Today's students are tomorrow's experts

We live in a modern world, where our phones are rarely out of our hands and technology touches our lives in all sorts of ways.

It's this reliance on technology that makes protecting it so important. You might not realise it, but cyber security is all around us – it's not just about your email, passwords or how you unlock your phone. It delivers train timetables and traffic lights. It powers homes. It protects your medical records and your bank account. It's in everything from gaming to music streaming; getting on a plane to calling a friend.

All that data has to be protected, but the fact is, there aren't enough experts to fill our growing need. We need a new generation to fill a critical skill gap in protecting
the UK.

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"In 2019 the DCMS reported that digital skills were required for 82% of online advertised openings across the UK"

That's why we need CyberFirst

CyberFirst began as a programme of opportunities to help young people explore their passion for technology. Today there are several initiatives designed to seek out those with potential, offer the support, skills, experience and exposure needed to be the future first line of defence in a CyberFirst world.


The CyberFirst Schools scheme (previously known as Cyber Schools Hub) has been hugely successful thanks to the support of local and global industries. Working with schools, universities, businesses and government bodies, our initiative is training tomorrow's cyber security community.

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Inspiring your students

Our core mission is to inspire and nurture talent by supporting young people to gain the skills, experience, and exposure they need to be the future first line of defence in our CyberFirst world.

From lesson plans and homework booklets, to vlogs from inspirational role models and students - you will find lots of great educational content on our resource pages.

Keep up to date with events and exclusive CyberFirst School and Colleges opportunities, such as e-Mentoring with our industry members.

You can also find links to the NCSC's cyber security training package for school staff to help improve school cyber resilience.

Supporting schools and colleges

CyberFirst works with a number of companies, organisations, academia and ambassadors, to ensure that we are nurturing talent and providing opportunities for the next generation of cyber security professionals.

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with events and host technology and cyber security work placements at your organisation.

If you would like to know more about becoming a CyberFirst member and how you can get involved, please visit the NCSC website by clicking the button below.

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CyberFirst Schools / Colleges

Ready to join Cyberfirst?

Eligible secondary schools or colleges in CyberFirst regions can apply to be a part of our CyberFirst Schools and Colleges scheme.

Successful applicants receive NCSC recognition and are promoted as leaders who are committed to providing a structured approach to excellence in cyber security education.

We need people like you to help us inspire young minds and nurture talent to ensure the next generation of cyber professionals will have the skills they need to safeguard our digital planet.

Become a part of the growing CyberFirst education ecosystem and access exclusive benefits to the scheme.