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Cyber-crime superheroes at conference

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is today launching an initiative to encourage school pupils to choose fighting cyber-crime as their ideal career choice.

Aimed at young people from S1 to S3, the Cyber Skills Programme aims to create a new generation of “white hat” hackers by raising skill levels and awareness of the growing number of jobs in this fast-paced, secret industry

Kicking off the STEM Festival at Glasgow Science Centre, the programme will see a series of events online and around the country to create online crime fighting “superheroes” of the future.

As well as meeting experts in the field, pupils will also learn how to hack and protect passwords and how to rob a bank – an electronic piggy bank – in a series of special live and recorded online tutorials.

Toolkits designed to help all teachers deliver the lessons on topics around cyber security will be available.

A series of Meet the Experts events will give pupils the chance to ‘meet’ people working in cyber security and ask questions through video conferencing sessions hosted on GLOW.

This will include employees, employers, students and lecturers.

Gordon McGuiness, Director of Industry & Enterprise Networks at SDS, said: “The cyber industry is of critical importance to our online society and will play an increasing role in the years to come.

“There will be a wide variety of exciting jobs available to today’s youngsters and we need to ensure they have the skills to make the most of these opportunities.

 

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