A club leader is someone who provides students with guidance, motivation and support throughout the Cyber Discovery programme, a vital role that could make all the difference to their career.

What is Cyber Discovery?

Cyber Discovery is an integral component of the UK's National Cyber Security Strategy, providing young people with an opportunity to begin the journey towards an exciting and challenging career in a field that is facing a significant shortage of trained professionals.

The programme consists of four phases - Assess, Game, Essentials and Elite - all of which involve challenges, tasks and games designed to improve students cyber security knowledge.

Cyber Discovery students

Whether you are a careers advisor, head of year or languages teacher, we need your help by encouraging as many young people to register! By opening up the Cyber Discovery programme to all 14-18 year olds, regardless of their subject choices, we have guided many young adults with varying interests and skills onto a career path that they love and never knew existed.

We don't know where we may find the next cyber security expert. Could they be sitting in your classroom?

Objectives of this programme

Exposure - Expose as many students as possible to the field of cyber security - even those who had not considered computing or STEM subjects as an interest.
Diversity and opportunity - Give as many students as possible the opportunity to have a go at the challenges in Cyber Discovery.
Networking - Continue building a community of teachers, parents, mentors and volunteers that work together to improve students' digital skills and invest in our future visionaries.

Key stages and dates

Registration and CyberStart Assess
Registration for Cyber Discovery opens for the year two intake, along with your chance to complete CyberStart Assess.
6 November 2018 – 7 January 2019
CyberStart Game
For those who score highly enough in Assess, and also for those from previous intakes who got this far, you get access to CyberStart Game.
15 January 2019 – 18 March 2019
CyberStart Essentials
If you got through to Game in any intake you'll get access to a new and expanded CyberStart Essentials.
5 March 2019 – 29 April 2019
CyberStart Elite
We'll be picking the very best students to attend CyberStart Elite, our in-person camps.
Dates TBC

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Want to get a taste of what students will do?

Head over to CyberStart Go, a tool we built to give you a quick sample of what CyberStart Assess and Game are like. It's free to use and features over a dozen challenges.

Running a Cyber Discovery club

Setting up a Cyber Discovery club has been shown to significantly support students in their learning, by giving them access to computers and also a dedicated time and place to work through the challenges with like-minded individuals. Active encouragement of team work and resilience has led to students progressing further in the programme than they would do on their own.

All the material needed to run a successful Cyber Discovery club exists within the four tools/phases of the programme. The learning tools are effectively step by step guides that allow students to work on challenges by themselves and at their own pace.

What do students learn in Cyber Discovery?

The Cyber Discovery team have worked with industry, academia and government to develop and align the curriculum to make sure it contains the right fundamentals and supports the entry requirements to the profession. Some areas the programme will cover are: Linux, Web Attacks, Forensics, Binary Attacks, Cryptography and Programming.

Is there a limit to the number of students that can take part?

Absolutely not. The assessment process will identify those with a natural aptitude for cyber security and all those that achieve a qualifying benchmark score will be invited to take part.

Will club leaders be paid?

Club leaders will be unpaid volunteers.

The phases of Cyber Discovery are part of a pre-determined schedule and there are deadlines to qualify for each stage. Access to each phase is not available all year round so it is important to note the time frames and how these timings may fit within the academic year.

What equipment do I need?

CyberStart Assess and the first five levels of CyberStart Game can be run on a modern browser e.g. the latest version of Chrome or Firefox. The majority of these challenges can be completed with normal browser functionality, but for some challenges you will require access to the browser developer tools, which are typically easily enabled. In some instances you may also require scripting capabilities if you make it to the higher level challenges.

A heavily restricted computer will allow you to complete many challenges, but to truly explore cyber security you will need some advanced access and tools. If browser developer tools and scripting tools are blocked or restricted, some challenges will not be completable.

For students that make it to more advanced content they will require a virtual machine, which is installed with all the tools required to complete the programme. Instructions on how to setup the software and the virtual machine will be made available at the required stage. Student computers will need to be able to run VMWare Player or VirtualBox on a Windows or Mac device respectively.


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If you require any help or further information please email support@joincyberdiscovery.com and we'll be happy to help.