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Could your school be recognised as ‘CyberFirst’?

The NI Cyber Security Centre is working with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to encourage schools in Northern Ireland to apply to the CyberFirst Schools accreditation programme by 18 June 2021.

The NCSC is an organisation of the United Kingdom Government that provides advice and support for the public and private sector in how to avoid computer security threats.

The CyberFirst School programme certifies schools committed to developing young people’s cyber skills. A recent recipient of the award is controlled school, Knockevin Special School, Downpatrick.

There are three categories available to work towards. Schools that meet all the judging criteria are awarded Gold status for delivering excellence in cybersecurity education.  Silver schools are certified for offering good standards and meeting most of the criteria and Bronze for schools who have good practices and processes in place and are committed to achieving a higher standard.

Successful schools 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 from industries as varied as banking, telecoms and transport.

To find out more about the CyberFirst School programme and how to apply click here.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 June 2021.