Join the elite worldwide cyber protection force - insider intelligence to accelerate your career in cybersecurity
We live in a world that increasingly relies on the power of computers, from controlling the satellites that enable worldwide communication to powering our national grids and storing our most sensitive information. But as we seize the immense opportunities brought by emerging technologies such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, we are also faced with the responsibility of protecting this vital infrastructure against malicious intent.
This means that opportunities have never been greater for cyber professionals who can identify and mitigate security threats for an ever-growing number of technological advances. Businesses and governments are all competing for ethical hackers with the ability to showcase IT vulnerabilities and help protect their interests.
Those with the skills and abilities to prevent and defend us against cybercrime and help keep our technology-dependent lives running smoothly can look forward to a rewarding, diverse and highly lucrative career.
Get an expert, insider guide to the challenging world of ethical hacking
Discover the trends shaping the future of global cybersecurity
Learn how cyber skills could prove valuable across a diverse range of disciplines
Benefit from hands-on tasks and real-life scenarios
Gain first-hand insight into an exciting range of careers in cybersecurity
Executive Career Coaching
Pick up career tips and advice from ethical hacking experts
Build a network of current and future cyber professionals
Get Ahead of the Curve
Give your university applications and career pathway a competitive edge
Meet our guest expert
Security Consultant at NCC Group, BSc in Computer Science from Durham University
Daniel graduated with first-class honours in Computer Science from Durham University, before pursuing a career in cyber security. He has worked in a range of industrial cyber security and penetration testing roles, and currently works for the global security group NCC helping customers protect their businesses, software and personal data. Daniel’s remit involves checking for ways to break websites and letting himself into secure buildings.
Fully certified to help you stand out from the crowd and boost your CV
/What to expect
An insider’s guide to the world of ethical hacking
Hosted by a hacking expert, our workshop offers a beginner’s guide to ethical hacking and its key rules and responsibilities.
You’ll take a closer look at some of the most common cybersecurity specialisations, from security analysts and cryptographers to penetration testers and intelligence officers, and discover the skills you’ll need to succeed.
Learn ethical hacking skills first-hand
The workshop gives you first-hand practical experience of hacking your way into a vulnerable online storefront. After running through a series of weaknesses with your instructor you’ll then be encouraged to carry out some unguided exploration, looking to identify and exploit weaknesses in the application.
You’ll develop a deeper understanding of the processes and skills required to expose online vulnerabilities and the steps you might take to secure them.
Exclusive access to cyber professionals
Our guest experts are on hand to share their experiences of working in different areas of cybersecurity and the emerging trends across the sector. They’ll answer your questions and offer valuable advice on starting out and progressing in this fascinating and diverse field.
Meet your instructor and get a brief overview of the day’s activities.
Ethics in hacking
An introduction to ethical and unethical hacking and the accepted standards in hacking ethics
Cybersecurity careers and pathways
Take a closer look at common cybersecurity specialisations and discover more about key roles including vulnerability researchers, forensic analysts and cyber ops officers.
Develop hands-on skills
Get practical experience hacking your way into a vulnerable online storefront.
Skills for Cybersecurity Careers
Gain an understanding of the skills needed to succeed in cybersecurity, such as problem solving, programming, and logic, plus how and where to start developing them.
Ask our experts – get the answers and advice you need to get ahead.
A PC or Mac (laptop or desktop)
Zoom to access the workshop
A stable internet connection
There are no workshop dates currently scheduled.
/Frequently asked questions
Skills Gap is a careers accelerator that runs insightful workshops for young people to give them a competitive edge in their future studies and career. We offer a range of intensive workshops designed specifically for students and delivered to small groups by experienced industry experts.
The workshop is specifically designed for students aged 15 to 19 who are interested in a career in cybersecurity, and want an insight into the skills needed for roles in the industry and the different career paths available. It aims to give you a head start before you begin university or take any other route into the sector.
Not at all. The workshop has been created with beginners in mind, and has been designed to give you an overview of cybersecurity and the exciting opportunities in ethical hacking.
You will need a PC or Mac (laptop or desktop) which has at least 8GB of RAM and runs Windows 10 or Mac OS 10.11 or later.
You will need Zoom. If you have not used it before, you can create a free account and download the app for your phone, tablet or computer.
Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari provide the best tested web browsers for the Google Colab activities.
We also highly recommend a second screen. This will allow you to quickly and easily move between the various activities.
(While a tablet, smartphone or Chromebook can be used as a second screen, we don’t recommend you use these on their own for the workshop.)
We use Zoom. It is free, easy, allows everyone to be on camera and mic at the same time, and features intuitive presentation and learning tools, like collaborative white boards and break-out rooms for group work.
You also need a Google account to upload the files into your online workspace for the practical session.
You will need a stable internet connection capable of supporting video conferencing. We recommend using a wired ethernet connection with a download speed of at least 4Mbps and an upload speed at least 1Mbps (preferably 3.8Mbps).
We will send you a Zoom link via email shortly before it starts.
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