Discover your hidden talent for cyber security with over 200 free challenges

Join the community of over 70k 13-18 year olds training to become the next leaders in cyber security by playing a vast online training game.

Join Cyber Discovery, HM Government’s free online extracurricular programme

You might not have considered a career in cyber security before, but you definitely should. Not only is it one of the most well-paid, in-demand sectors around, but it also offers young people the chance to forge a career doing something that matters.

Cyber Discovery is the most effective and fun way to master technical skills and security concepts, as a gateway to the industry or just to up your digital skills! As you embark on your journey, you will become an agent for the virtual Cyber Protection Agency, where you will stop criminal gangs who are using their cyber skills to do damage online. You will have a go at real-world cyber attacks, learning how cyber security experts play a vital role in protecting our hospitals, banks, army, and police services!

Whether you’re a beginner with a casual interest or a keen programmer, Cyber Discovery is for everyone. Many don’t think they have what it takes and are astonished at their results when they put their team-work, problem solving and determination to the test.

You can take part in the programme at home or in a school club – all you need is a computer and an internet connection to get started. Are you ready to join the community and see if you can take the fight to the cyber criminals?

"The overall programme was eye-opening for me. I explored in-depth how easily cyber criminals can gain access to your data and the techniques they use, and I learned valuable skills that go way beyond GCSE and A-Level."

Previous Cyber Discovery Student

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To take part you must be 13-18 years old and live in the UK. Registration closes on 30th of September 2020.

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Your Cyber Discovery journey

Throughout your Cyber Discovery journey, you will tackle hundreds of hours’ worth of challenges, tasks and games across four stages. As you progress through the programme, the challenges get harder, but don’t worry, we provide all the learning material and resources you need to progress at your own pace during each stage.

Stage 1

All students who sign up for Cyber Discovery will receive an invitation to try CyberStart Assess. CyberStart Assess features a handful of fun, interactive challenges. Those students who perform well at this stage of the programme will move on to play CyberStart Game. The quicker you complete the challenges in CyberStart Assess, the faster you unlock the next stage of the programme.

Open 2nd June – 30th September 2020
Stage 2

Top performing students in the CyberStart Assess stage qualify to participate in CyberStart Game. CyberStart Game features over 200 new challenges for you to tackle. If you have previously participated in CyberStart Game, you can pick up where you left off as soon as registration for this intake opens. You do not have to complete Assess challenges if you previously qualified, however they are brand new and extremely fun so we encourage you to give them a go!

Open 2nd June 2020 – 31st March 2021
Stage 3

All students who get invited to CyberStart Game will also be invited to CyberStart Essentials, when it opens. Here you will work through a collection of video tutorials, quizzes and end of module tests. If you have previously participated in CyberStart Essentials, you can pick up where you left off as soon as this stage opens.

Open 15th September 2020 – 31st March 2021
Stage 4

Top performing students in CyberStart Game and CyberStart Essentials are selected to take part in CyberStart Elite; a series of unique and exciting online and, where possible, face to face events. This stage is strictly by invitation only and dates for the events will be released throughout the intake year.

Dates to be announced

To take part you must be 13-18 years old and live in the UK. Registration closes on 30th of September 2020.

Registration is open, sign up now!

Tools along the way

Put your problem-solving skills to the test with a range of fun, interactive challenges where you’ll try out cracking codes and solving tricky problems.
Open 2nd June – 30th September 2020

CyberStart Assess is open to all UK students aged between 13 and 18 – no previous experience necessary! You’ll take part in fun cyber security challenges that represent real-life threats faced by the cyber security industry today.

CyberStart Assess

CyberStart Assess features a handful of fun, interactive challenges where you need to find a secret code.

Through a series of online challenges (each harder than the last!) you’ll find out if you have the right qualities to succeed in the world of cyber security.

CyberStart Assess facts

To get the most out of CyberStart Assess, you’ll need to work together with your friends and carry out research using the internet and other resources. Check out our blogs for hints, clues, and tips!

Find out more about CyberStart Assess

Calling all UK teachers – we need you!

Take a look at our club leader page for more information.

Become a Cyber Discovery
Club Leader
Join as a Club Leader and help uncover the hidden talent in your classrooms. Whether you teach computer science already, or just want to give your students a fantastic opportunity, Cyber Discovery can help.


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"CyberStart Game is like nothing I've ever seen before. It was an absolute god-send for someone new to the industry, and for it to be free was the icing on the cake."
Daniel Milnes, Student
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"In my opinion, the highlight of the programme would definitely be CyberStart Game. Every challenge was interesting and unique, and the difficulty curve was just right to help you develop your skills."
Emily Shackleton, Student

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To take part you must be 13-18 years old and live in the UK. Registration closes on 30th of September 2020.

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SANS Institute

Cyber Discovery is delivered by SANS Institute for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. SANS is the global leader in cyber security training and certification.


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Bugs and security

We've worked hard to deliver secure code, but on a platform that also lets you learn more about security flaws.

Unfortunately when it comes to security there is no state of 100% secure and bugs or defects may occur. Part of being a security professional is finding bugs and helping people fix them, following a strong code of ethics.

If you find a suspected bug or security flaw please contact with the subject "Defect" and let us know as much as you can about what you've found.

CEOP Safety Centre

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