Government agency devises new approach to help young people develop cyber skills
Skills Development Scotland is working with cyber experts on a new approach to help young people in school develop cyber 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” or “pen testing”. The cyber experts have been partnered with schools, and will support the teacher to deliver the co-created lesson by talking them through the process of ethically hacking a fictional airline in a virtual environment. The lesson, which has been fully developed with and approved by teachers, is mapped to the school cyber security curriculum. The pupils will learn to perform reconnaissance of the airline’s digital footprint, use collected intelligence to perform a social engineering attack, perform a penetration test and then report back on the results of that test. They will also benefit by hearing directly from experienced industry experts about what it’s really like to work in cyber security . The programme launches in time for Cyber Scotland Week 2020, and participating schools and employers include:
- Bellahouston Academy in Glasgow with CGI
- Johnstone High School with Morgan Stanley
- All Saints in Glasgow with Clydesdale Bank
- Holyrood Secondary in Glasgow with Viral Edge and Morgan Stanley
- James Young High School in Livingston with JP Morgan
- Portlethen Academy in Aberdeenshire with SBRC.