UK offers virtual cyber school for teens in COVID-19 lockdown

London: The UK government on Friday launched a new virtual cyber security school aimed at encouraging teenagers to learn new skills while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

As part of the free lessons, youngsters can learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails while progressing through a game as a cyber agent. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) said this will help them develop important skills needed for future jobs, particularly in cyber security.

“This new initiative will give teenagers something fun and educational to do from home and provide them with a glimpse into the life of a cyber security professional,” said UK Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman.

“We have a world-leading cyber sector which plays a crucial role protecting the country and our digital economy, so it is absolutely vital we continue to inspire the next generation of tech talent to help maintain the UK’s strong position,” he said.

The school will provide free weekly webinars run by industry experts teaching fundamental security disciplines such as digital forensics, cryptography and operating systems. Thousands of young people are being encouraged to join the initiative to create the UK’s next generation of professional cyber defenders.

“At a time when schools remain closed to most children, the online initiative aims to inspire future talent to work in the cyber security sector and give students a variety of extracurricular activities to do from the safety of their homes,” DCMS said.

The move comes as the government announces a number of other online training courses to give UK school pupils the opportunity to learn and develop cyber security skills, including the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) popular CyberFirst summer courses. The courses are moving online this year to help more than a thousand 14 to 17-year-olds develop important cyber skills from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

NCSC Chief Executive Officer Ciaran Martin said: “Technology is helping us all cope with the coronavirus crisis and is playing an essential role in keeping our businesses moving and our society connected.

“It has never been more important for our young people to keep engaged and learn how to protect our digital world – and I’m delighted to see our instructor led CyberFirst summer courses made available online.” Enrolled students will learn how to code and carry out cybersecurity operations in an instructor-led virtual classroom to help guide the students through the programme and build a sense of camaraderie within each cohort.

The National Crime Agency and Cyber Security Challenge UK will also offer teenagers the chance to access their online cyber skills platform CyberLand for free during the coming months. In the game designed to teach teenagers the fundamentals of cyber security, players protect the virtual city “CyberLand” from cyber attacks while learning key skills.

“Many young people have a keen interest in technology and have developed impressive cyber skills. The virtual cyber school and CyberFirst programmes are great initiatives which will support this next generation of cyber defenders in realising their potential,” said Jim Stokley, Deputy Director at the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit.

“We’ve also partnered with Cyber Security Challenge UK to offer free access to their online platform Cyberland where young people will find games that encourage them to improve cyber skills safely and legally,” he said.


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INTERPOL launches Virtual Academy to support police learning during COVID 19

INTERPOL is launching its Virtual Academy to provide online training opportunities for the global law enforcement community during, and beyond, the COVID 19 pandemic.

A cutting-edge digital learning platform, the Virtual Academy will provide more than 100 self-paced courses, interactive certified instructor-led modules and webinars for the global law enforcement community in INTERPOL’s 194 member countries.

Subjects include cryptocurrencies, drones, digital forensics, cybercrime, the Darknet, counter-terrorism, organized crime, as well as updates on INTERPOL policing capabilities.

The Virtual Academy complements the physical INTERPOL Global Academy network launched in May 2019.

The Global Academy is a network of trusted law enforcement education institutions providing a global approach to law enforcement training, through both face-to-face and distance learning on INTERPOL tools and services, as well as transnational crime topics.

A global approach

INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said the creation of the Virtual Academy underlined the Organization’s ongoing commitment to ensuring police officers around the world can access high-level training at all times.

“The COVID 19 pandemic is forcing law enforcement to learn precious lessons, and fast, in a changed international security environment,” said Secretary General Stock.

“However, whilst we are seeing significant growth in certain crimes areas linked to COVID 19 such as fraud and cybercrime, police still have to deal with all forms of transnational crime and terrorism.

“The Virtual Academy provides a wide range of courses which are essential in helping law enforcement in their daily work and learn from world class training professionals,” concluded the head of INTERPOL.

Accessible through INTERPOL’s secure communications platform, any law enforcement official can request credentials to access the range of products provided by the Virtual Academy. This is aimed at guaranteeing global accessibility to ensure new skills and knowledge can reach those who most need it, when they need it.

In 2019, more than 15,000 online training courses were completed by global law enforcement, complementing its face-to-face sessions which reached around 5,000 officers from across the globe.
These sessions ranged from topics such as counter-terrorism and cybercrime, to training on leadership for women in law enforcement and human rights in policing.

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Beware of criminals pretending to be World Health Organization

Hackers and cyber scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic by sending fraudulent email and WhatsApp messages that attempt to trick you into clicking on malicious links or opening attachments.

These actions can reveal your user name and password, which can be used to steal money or sensitive information.

If you are contacted by a person or organization that appears to be WHO, verify their authenticity before responding.

The World Health Organization will:

  • never ask for your username or password to access safety information
  • never email attachments you didn’t ask for
  • never ask you to visit a link outside of 
  • never charge money to apply for a job, register for a conference, or reserve a hotel
  • never conduct lotteries or offer prizes, grants, certificates or funding through email.

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