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Cyphra are committed to identifying, nurturing and helping start careers in cyber security. Through our CSR programme we are working closely with the NI Government, NCSC and education bodies to address the current and future challenges around diversity and the skills gap within the cyber security industry. Initiatives such as the CyberFirst, CyberDiscovery and the CyberCenturion competitions are aimed at introducing 11-18 years olds to the world of cyber security. These competitions and courses are a crucial step in giving students an insight into this exciting dynamic industry sector and helping to build a cyber security skills pipeline.
CyberFirst is a pivotal part of the UK government’s National Cyber Security Programme to get more 11-18-year olds to consider a career in cyber security. Cyphra are proud to be an official CyberFirst Supporter of the scheme and were involved in helping to bring the scheme to Northern Ireland. We actively promote the scheme, have sponsored prizes and provided guest speakers at the summer courses.
The CyberCenturion competition as a national cyber defence competition for 12-18-year olds, run by Cyber Security Challenge UK in partnership with Northrop Grumman. Cyphra has worked with the competition organisers to promote the competition and sponsor regional prizes in Northern Ireland. It is designed to help to inspire more students to pursue careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines that are critical to the UK's future.
Cyphra have spoken at the CAS NI conference, careers fairs and delivered talks to a number of schools on the career opportunities in cyber security. If you are a teacher interested in helping create the next generation of cyberists and require help to provide more information to your careers team or to provide a talk to your pupils, please get in touch.
We are proud to be a charity partner of Byte Night, Belfast helping to support Action for Children in Northern Ireland. The charity raises vital funds to support youth homelessness services with an annual sponsored ‘night sleep out’ event at Stormont. The event brings together leading members of the business and IT community to support this worthwhile cause.