Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

We believe it is important to bring cyber security awareness and education to schools so that we can help pupils to protect themselves and attract some of them to study cyber security or computing related subjects in the future.

Below are some examples of our outreach activity with schools:

  • CyberFirst courses and events:
    1. iCSS is planning to host two NCSC-funded CyberFirst events (Adventurers for Year 9 and Trailblazers for Year 8) on the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent on 28th Febuary 2023.
    2. KirCCS (the predecessor of iCSS) planned to host two NCSC-funded CyberFirst courses on campus at the University of Kent in 2020 with QA Ltd., a CyberFirst Girls Competition Development day on 17 October, and a CyberFirst Advanced Course from 10-15 August, which unfortunately were both changed to virtual events.
    3. For CyberFirst EmPower Cyber Week (30th November 2020 – 4th December 2020), PhD student Sarah Turner and Dr Virginia Franqueira presented live sessions on the security implications of deepfake technologies and how to perform personal threat modelling. Watch Sarah’s presentation.
  • Inspiring next-generation cyber experts: The Centre is actively working with schools and other organisations to promote cyber security as a future career for pupils who are interested in ICT.
    • On 4th and 5th October 2022, iCSS held its Kent Cyber Security Festival 2022 as part of this year’s University of Kent Youth Summit. The Festival was an opportunity for school pupils in years 9, 10 and 11 to learn how they can stay safe online, as well as what cyber security might mean in a personal context and as a potential future career. Watch the highlights here.
    • On 8th February 2022 (Safer Internet Day), we engaged with a local school (Junior School of St Edmund’s School), to give a presentation and support with their interactive sessions (Kent news story).
    • Jason Nurse was featured in Fantastic Jobs and How to Get Them, a book published by Oxford University Press as part of its famous Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops series (Kent news story).
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