Shayna, 17, from Belfast has attended the CyberFirst Defenders (2019) and Futures (2020) courses:
Whilst everyone is busy innovating and keeping up with the latest technologies, so are the cyber attackers. It is important for me to be not only computer literate, but also, to learn at least the basics of cybersecurity; the laws behind it and the agencies who could help us when we are victims of cyber-attacks or fraud. I am also keen to hone my skills as a student and to learn more about cybersecurity.
Expanded my network
Lots of people think it can be quite an antisocial or solitary job, but the courses showed me that working in a team is a huge part of it!
The activities were so relevant that sometimes I thought I was working in the field for real. Even during the online courses, it was great to work both independently and as a team for the ‘hackathon’. This challenge really got our adrenaline pumping!
I was able to expand my network and meet a few people of my own age who are critical thinkers, smart and passionate about cracking codes and programming. I enjoyed every bit of the residential (in 2019) and online (2020) courses.