Glyndŵr Delivers Cybersecurity Scheme: A Wrexham Glyndŵr University academic is helping to deliver an exciting cybersecurity scheme to Welsh schools.
A Wrexham Glyndŵr University lecturer is the latest ambassador for the CyberFirst programme across Wales.
Inspiring A Generation
Leanne Davies is a lecturer in Computing at the university and has featured in a BBC cybersecurity documentary. Leanne will work alongside the National Cyber Security Centre and CyberFirst.
Additionally, they will collaborate with major industry figures, schools and colleges across Wales to help promote the CyberFirst Schools/Colleges scheme. The scheme aims to inspire the next generation of cyber-skilled workers.
The scheme certifies and promotes schools and colleges that share the NCSC’s commitment to addressing the cyber skills gap and inspiring young people from all backgrounds to pursue a career in the field.
A successful pilot this year saw more than a dozen schools in Wales and Gloucestershire recognised for their first-rate approach to cybersecurity teaching.
Now schools across Wales will be able to apply to the scheme and, with guidance from ambassadors like Leanne, demonstrate their commitment to cyber education. In addition, they will get the opportunity to take part in enriching extra-curricular cyber activities.
BBC Wales ‘X Ray’
These activities will take place alongside community partners – such as Wrexham Glyndŵr University – as well as industry, with a broad range of different organisations already involved.
Leanne – who appeared on BBC Wales’ X-Ray programme in December talking about cyber-security – said she was looking forward to working with schools and colleges across Wales to help their pupils and staff develop their cyber skills.
She said: “The scheme has three levels which schools and colleges can aim for. Those that meet all the judging criteria receive Gold status for delivering excellence in cybersecurity education, Schools/colleges that acquire silver status offer good standards and meet most of the criteria. Bronze awards are for schools/colleges aiming towards high standards.
“The colleges and schools that succeed on the scheme will receive a range of benefits, including official recognition from the NCSC and opportunities to collaborate on cyber-related activities with more than 130 CyberFirst partner organisations. These organisations can also include industries as varied as banking, telecoms and transport.
“I’d also be very happy to hear from any Welsh businesses and organisations who would like to work with CyberFirst, the NCSC and schools and colleges across the country to help develop the scheme in Wales.”
Leanne can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
The NCSC is hosting an online webinar on November 12th where schools and colleges in Wales can learn more about the scheme.
Those interested can sign up here.
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