Could you have a hidden talent for cyber security?

Cyber Discovery, HM Government's Cyber Schools Programme, is an extracurricular learning programme for students in years 10-13 across England. Its goal is to ensure that many more people enter the cyber security profession in the coming years.

Registration for this years Cyber Discovery has now closed.

If you're interested in participating next year please leave your details below and we'll be in touch when registrations re-opens.

Welcome to Cyber Discovery

In the not-too-distant future, you will be the people protecting the UK from cyber attacks and ensuring our online world is a safe place to live and work.

It is your generation that will be cracking codes, creating new software tools and finding security flaws that will help protect our digital lives.

We're looking for the next generation of security experts that can stay one step ahead of cyber criminals. Could that be you?

Launched by the UK Government, Cyber Discovery is a fun and interactive extracurricular learning programme designed to give young people the opportunity to learn the skills needed to enter in to the cyber security profession.

Created by world-leading experts, the programme aims to identify exceptional talent and teach you exciting topics such as ethical hacking, penetration testing and digital forensics.

Are you in years 10-13? Do you have access to a computer and the internet? Then you can take part in the first phase of the programme: CyberStart Assess! You don't need to have any prior knowledge of computer science, as our challenges will evaluate your current cyber skills. If you enjoy solving problems and logically working through challenging tasks, then Cyber Discovery could open the door to some exciting new opportunities.

Check out the resources section for more information on the programme.

Programme stages

Cyber Discovery consists of four phases, all of which involve challenges, tasks and games designed to improve your cyber security knowledge. The tools and integrated materials allow you to progress on your own, in your own time or as part of a Cyber Discovery club.

Designed for students of any capability, CyberStart Assess is a set of fun interactive challenges that test your aptitude and existing knowledge of computer security.

Awaiting students who meet the minimum requirements in Assess is CyberStart Game; an online platform featuring hundreds of hours of real-world cyber security challenges.

Those who excel in Game will then be invited to tackle CyberStart Essentials, giving you the chance to expand your knowledge further with over 100 hours of extra video tutorials, quizzes and learning guides.

Top performing students will benefit from additional face-to-face mentoring and further training opportunities such as a live Capture the Flag competition.

Are you a teacher or parent/guardian?

Today we are facing a significant shortage of trained, skilled cyber security professionals, due in part to the fact that not enough young people are pursuing IT and computer security as a career. With your help, we want to change this and give students in England the opportunity to discover their potential in this vital profession.

Please help by encouraging young people to take part in Cyber Discovery or by registering as a Cyber Discovery club leader. With our support, your role will be to mentor and oversee a group of students as they work through the phases of the programme.

Club leaders do not need to be security professionals or even have studied computing in the past. The Cyber Discovery programme is designed so that all the material is available for students to teach themselves.

Could the next cyber security expert be your child or pupil? There's only one way to find out...

Government logos