Digital Skills Education

Cyber Security Industry in the Classroom

Cyber Security Industry in the Classroom

For the first time cyber industry specialists have worked together with teachers to create and deliver a new cyber security lesson.

We are working with Skills Development Scotland and cyber security experts on a new approach to help young people in school develop cyber security skills while raising awareness of careers in cyber security. 

Six secondary schools and employers from across Scotland will take part in the trial which will see approximately 120 pupils learn all about penetration testing, more commonly known as “ethical hacking”.

Through a series of practical activities, learners will perform an ethical hack of a (fictional) airline company: Alba Airways.

The activities get learners hands-on with real security tools and techniques. Cyber security experts will work alongside experienced classroom teachers to deliver an engaging and interactive learning experience. These activities will allow industry technologists to share their skills and work experiences with Scotland’s next generation of cyber security specialists.

The project partners include: CGI, Morgan Stanley, Clydesdale Bank, Viral Edge, JP Morgan, and SBRC. 

The participating schools are: Bellahouston Academy, Johnstone High School, All Saints, Holyrood Secondary, James Young High School, and Portlethen Academy.

Claire Gillespie, Digital Technology sector manager for Skills Development Scotland said: ‘I’m really excited about this approach which will give learners hands-on experience with real security tools and techniques. But the really exciting part is having the industry experts involved. Sharing their skills, knowledge and real work experiences will be a real inspiration for the next generation of cyber security specialists.’

‘This is also a great way for cyber experts to benefit from classroom experiences, and who knows, maybe we will encourage some of them to re-train as teachers!’

CGI were the first to deliver the new lesson at Bellahouston Academy. Lindsay McGranaghan, Business Unit Leader for CGI in Scotland, said: ‘CGI is committed to ensuring that the next generation of cyber security specialists have the relevant knowledge and understanding to take advantage of the highly skilled cyber security jobs being created within Scotland.’

Ken Muir, Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council concluded: ‘GTCS are pleased to be involved in partnership working to address the shortage of computing studies teachers across Scotland… This project is a fantastic opportunity for teachers and students to learn together with support from experts in the field.’

As well as working with the cyber security industry, the programme has been developed in partnership with Scottish Government, Moray House School of Education, Education Scotland, DYW and the General Teaching Council of Scotland.

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