Cyber Discovery was a four-year national schools programme in the UK funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
young people in the UK took part in the Cyber Discovery programme.
schools in the UK took part in the Cyber Discovery programme.
of participants* said that Cyber Discovery helped them secure a job in cyber security.
female participation. That is 13% higher than the total % of girls taking Computer Science at GCSE at the time.
Cyber Discovery was created as a free, extracurricular programme to inspire secondary school students to try cyber security while providing a stepping stone to this essential industry through real-world training.
Cyber Discovery didn't just empower students with cyber security skills; it also allowed them to share a common interest and make friends from different backgrounds. During the programme students built their own Cyber Discovery Discord where they collaborated on challenges, shared tips or advice, and made life-long friends.Discuss a programme with us
Cyber Discovery students were introduced to the fascinating world of cyber security through several learning stages. Those who progressed through the programme encountered hundreds of hours worth of thrilling cyber security challenges, hands-on labs and self-paced learning materials through the CyberStart and SANS Foundations platforms.
In this stage of the programme, known as CyberStart Game, Cyber Discovery students gained access to CyberStart - the most proven gamified cyber security training platform for young adults. Through hundreds of progressive cyber security challenges and engaging resources, students jumped into the exciting world of a cyber agent, learning to investigate crimes and catch criminals using many real cyber security techniques.Learn more
The final phase, known as CyberStart Elite, gave students the opportunity to undertake more advanced cyber security training, both remotely and at face-to-face camps. During live events, students made friends with like-minded people, gained invaluable training from industry experts and showcased their skills while competing in an exciting capture the flag competition.
In this stage of the programme, known as CyberStart Essentials, Cyber Discovery students who showed an aptitude for the challenges in CyberStart were invited to participate in SANS Foundations. Students advanced their security and computer skills through hands-on labs, engaging video tutorials created by experts, and a final GIAC exam to prepare them for employment.Learn more
With an expertise of the channels and campaigns that convert a Gen Z audience, the CyberStart team inspired 100,000+ students to give cyber security a try, significantly surpassing our original goal of just 4000 students! From hobbyist students through to complete newcomers, the CyberStart team created a bespoke evidence-based promotional plan to ensure the programme reached a wide audience. Users were targeted both directly and via their schools, magnifying the search for talent in this programme.
A bespoke GDPR compliant registration system was developed for Cyber Discovery to safely collect and securely store user data for programme management and communication with users, efficient data analysis, and custom reporting to meet government requirements which was capable of scaling to millions of users.
From week-to-week progress reports to in-depth data analysis after each annual intake, the data collected at registration allowed for comprehensive insight into the students taking part in the programme. An expert team of data analysts provided recommendations on programme structure, recruitment methods, and identified trends in talented students to help improve the programme year on year.
Cyber Discovery offered students the opportunity to validate and earn recognition for the skills they learnt during the programme. A process formed to engage and celebrate students through personalised certificate distribution, digital badges to recognise achievement milestones and partnerships with PR agencies to amplify participants' success.
World-class in-product tech support is provided for each product student's access, plus overall programme support. Infrastructure is set up to provide an enhanced level of support that can cater to huge volumes of enquiries and questions. CyberStart's friendly and knowledgeable support team goes above and beyond to ensure that any questions, issues or troubleshooting requirements are resolved quickly and efficiently.