Scottish ‘cyber bus’ initiative inspires young people into online security careers

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Hitting the road this week is a new cyber skills initiative making its way around Scotland, visiting schools up and down the country by bus. The Cyber Bus, supported by the Scottish Government, will deliver a series of fun and interactive lesson plans, highlighting the abundance of career opportunities within the growing cyber security sector.

Starting tomorrow (7 March), the bus will be making a stop at Drumchapel High School and will continue its tour visiting Kyle Academy; Perth Grammar and Kingussie High School throughout the month.

As well as showcasing the rewarding jobs to be had, the lesson plans will also raise awareness of the dangers of being online, and will educate young people on how to protect themselves in an increasingly digital world.

Joining the tour bus will be network and cyber security students from Abertay, Dundee, and Glasgow Caledonian Universities, who will also be involved in delivering part of the interactive lessons.

Dr Martin Beaton, cyber security cluster co-ordinator for Scotland, said: “The threat of cyber-crime is only going to increase, which is why Scotland needs a strong talent pool of cyber security professionals.

“Currently there is a chronic shortage of skilled workers, which is where our lesson plans come in. They are fun, engaging and genuinely intend to inspire young people to consider a career in the cyber security industry, as well as offer friendly advice on how best to stay safe online.

“Government statistics have revealed that almost half of UK firms were hit by a cyber breach or attack in the past 12-months. The cyber security sector is suffering from a chronic shortage of skilled professionals, which is where our lesson plans come in. They are fun, engaging and genuinely intend to inspire young people to consider a career in the cyber security industry.”

If the pilot tour proves successful, it is hoped it will be extended to other parts of Scotland, throughout the year.