NCA develops cyber-security curriculum for elementary schools

News by Ava Fedorov

Information security industry experts ranging from BT to the National Cyber-Crime Unit are collaborating to develop a programme aimed at elementary schools, to help inspire children towards careers in online security. With the perspective of online safety measures, children starting at the age of 11 will be taught skills that will hopefully contribute to eventually ease the talent shortage in the cyber-security industry.

"It's really important for our students not just to know how to use their various devices [but] to be secure in what they're using,” Janet Bygrave, an IT teacher at Sedgehill School in South East London, told reporters. “We're talking about sharing images, personal details, all of those things that students can take quite lightly,” she added, driving home that information sent via the internet “is out there, and it stays out there."

“The introduction of cyber-security lessons is a vital step in our bid as a nation to tackle cyber-crime,” David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, commented in an email to “Our dependence on technology and the ever-growing online security threat go hand-in-hand, so it's crucial that we start raising awareness and equipping children with cyber-security skills as early as possible.”


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