Did you know that 61% of hackers start when they’re under 16 years old?
We work with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) to help young people who have committed, or are at risk of committing, cyber crime by providing a series of early-intervention measures. As part of the NCA’s Cyber Prevent strategy, we run regional NCA Intervention Days that give attendees the knowledge and ability to change course and use their skills on the right side of the law.
Attendees learn about the law and ethics that surround activities like hacking and what constitutes an offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, as well as the incredible range of positive career alternatives that exist in the cyber security industry.
I didn’t realise how high the demand for cyber security professionals is, and that you don’t always need a degree to work in the industry. The high potential salary, opportunities for progression and ability to do good are all useful points that I’ve taken away from today’s session.