Uncover students’ hidden talent for cyber security with over 200 free challenges

Join over 3k teachers and parents helping thousands of 13-18 year olds across the UK, become the next leaders in cyber security.

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

There are thousands of talented teenagers across the UK that have the power to become future cyber security experts. They just haven’t been discovered yet.

Cyber Discovery is the most effective and fun way for students to master technical skills and security concepts, as a gateway to the industry or just to up their digital skills! As they embark on their journey, they will become an agent for the virtual Cyber Protection Agency, where they will stop criminal gangs who are using their cyber skills to do damage online. Your students 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!

By learning through our gamified environment, your students will cover complex security disciplines such as cryptography, password cracking and digital forensics, via exploration, investigation and problem solving.

Help us uncover, support, and train a new generation, in one of the most in-demand skillsets in the UK, by running a Cyber Discovery club. Registration closes on 30th of September 2020 so don’t miss out on this opportunity to kick-start your students career.

A number of our students have now gained work experience placements, and jobs working in cyber security

Previous Cyber Discovery Club Leader

A Club Leader’s role

You don’t have to be a computer science teacher to get involved: we provide everything you need to run your own Cyber Discovery club. If you have time, space, and a laptop – you’re ready to go! You can use the programme as an extracurricular club or in lessons.

Who can play

Whether your students are beginners 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.

To take part students must be 13-18 years old and live in the UK.

Apply today, limited places available

To take part students must be 13-18 years old and live in the UK. Registration closes on the 30th of September 2020. Registration open, sign up now!

Your Cyber Discovery journey

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

Stage one involves working through a set of highly interactive challenges, each harder than the last. The quicker students complete the challenges in CyberStart Assess, the faster they unlock the next stage of the programme.

Open 2nd June – 30th September 2020

Once through from CyberStart Assess students be invited to play CyberStart Game! CyberStart Game involves a suite of over 200 online challenges to explore across 4 exciting bases (including a Volcano base!) and focuses on self-learning.

Open 2nd June 2020 – 31st March 2021

Students who make it to CyberStart Game will also be invited to CyberStart Essentials, when it opens. Here they will work through a collection of video tutorials, quizzes and end of module tests. They'll get to grips with the basics of advanced security topics and concepts.

Open 15th September 2020 – 31st March 2021

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 reserved for our top performing students.

Dates to be announced

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

Registration open, sign up now!

Take a closer look

Do you have what it takes to become the next cyber security superstar? You owe it to yourself to find out! Put your skills, passion and persistence to the test with our fun challenges in CyberStart Assess

Ready to outsmart power-mad cyborgs and show the ‘bots who’s boss? Battle through a series of online challenges and start defending the digital world with your problem solving skills!

Crack the codes, find the flags and deal with real-life cyber dilemmas as you boost practical and theoretical knowledge and build an impressive set of cyber credentials.

Join a virtual cyber protection agency in CyberStart Game! Step up, crack codes, find security flaws and dissect criminal’s digital trails in the number one platform to develop cyber potential

I absolutely loved taking part! I got pretty hooked on the rush of investigation and problem solving.

Previous Cyber Discovery student

Sign up to play CyberStart Game and you’ll learn code breaking, ethical hacking and digital forensics. From binary to programming, you’ll develop skills by playing fun challenges designed and built by an expert team of security professionals.

With over 200+ immersive challenges through 4 themed bases and a range of awesome scenes to keep you entertained, it’s an addictive way to become a cyber pro!

Over 30,000 students are already loving this stage. Don’t play catch up – take advantage of the awesome opportunity to play CyberStart Game now and take your cyber training to the next level.

Aspiring for cyber greatness? You’ve come to the right stage. Featuring hundreds of hours of rich content, CyberStart Essentials will transform you from a successful agent into one ready for industry!

Go further with deeper learning and discover more advanced security topics such as pen testing and networking. Then train your brain to think like an expert with interactive labs, videos, exams and quizzes.

Covering a broad range of advanced security topics such as exploitation and pen testing tools, CyberStart Essentials stretches your scope on the industry’s awesome opportunities and preps you to secure the role of your cyber dreams!

You’ll learn at your own pace through videos, interactive labs, quizzes and short exams. Then, once you’ve completed the stage, we’ll reward you with a certificate that highlights your cyber skills, helping you stand out in the job market and impress employers.

I was genuinely disappointed when Essentials closed, because it meant I lost access to an amazing resource that went well beyond what I had learnt in both GCSE and A-Level classes.

Previous Cyber Discovery student

Reserved for the most talented students, you’ll meet industry specialists and learn cyber security techniques from the experts

Gain more resources, more support and more inspiration from experts in the field. Meet likeminded students at our awesome camps, hear talks from industry experts and fine-tune your approach to achieve your future goals.

Are you ambitious enough to make it to CyberStart Elite? Only the ruthlessly passionate and persistent will succeed! If you’re one of them, you’ll be rewarded with industry- respected training.

Expect deeper, more insightful content, unforgettable live events, where you’ll connect with industry experts, and practical activities investigating real-life vulnerabilities.

CyberStart Elite combines unique, exclusive training and experiences to give you the confidence and real-world insight you need to make your mark in the industry.

I loved CyberStart Elite! I hadn't even considered a career in cyber security before. The set up was AWESOME and I've never felt my heart race like it did in CTF.

Previous CyberStart Elite student

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

Registration open, sign up now!

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

Registration open, sign up now!

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 disclosure@joincyberstart.com with the subject "Defect" and let us know as much as you can about what you've found.

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