About CyberFirst

CyberFirst was set up by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of GCHQ, to help young people explore their passion for technology.

Today there are several initiatives designed to seek out those with potential, offer the support, skills, experience and exposure needed to be the future first line of defence in a CyberFirst world.

We want to find diverse young minds from up and down the UK – not just coders but entrepreneurs, public speakers, analysts and more – who’ll become the next generation of cyber specialists.

Our core mission is to inspire and nurture talent by providing a range of opportunities.

The CyberFirst Schools scheme (previously known as Cyber Schools Hub) has been hugely successful thanks to the support of local and global industries.

Working with schools, universities, businesses and government bodies, our initiative is training tomorrow’s cyber security community.

GCHQ and the NCSC

GCHQ is the UK’s world-leading intelligence and cyber security agency with a mission to help keep the UK safe. The agency uses cutting-edge technology and technical ingenuity to identify, analyse, and disrupt threats in an increasingly digital world.

They work closely with MI5, MI6, law enforcement, the military, and international partners to counter real-world and online threats from both large groups and individuals.

As part of GCHQ, the National Cyber Security Centre is the UK’s lead technical authority on cyber security, helping to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

Set up in October 2016, the NCSC offers unrivalled real-time threat analysis, defence against national cyber attacks, and tailored advice to victims of cyber intrusions.

The NCSC has access to some of the most sophisticated capabilities available to government, and its ground-breaking approach to cyber security is improving the UK’s resilience to cyber threats.