CyberStart is a collection of tools that will introduce you to the cyber security industry and accelerate your entry into the profession.
The first tool you might encounter is CyberStart Assess. This initial assessment invites you to take on a set of fun challenges that help measure your existing knowledge of computer security and aptitude for the overall programme.
We’ve put together a video to give you a preview of CyberStart Assess and help you play along:
The Cyber Protection Agency (CPA) is a fictional organisation that plays a big part in the next stage tool, CyberStart Game. The CPA is looking to identify recruits that possess the innate qualities required to succeed in cyber security. To do this, you will complete a number of challenges in CyberStart Assess that represent realistic tests and threats faced by previous agents.
Prove yourself, and you could be invited to take on the expansive training and challenges in CyberStart Game!
Once CyberStart Assess has opened, there are three steps to getting started:
- Register for one of our programmes
Depending how old you are and where you live, you can sign up to one of our free programmes here:
- UK 14–18-year-old student programme: Cyber Discovery www.joincyberdiscovery.com
- USA 13–18 year-old girls student programme: Girls Go CyberStart www.girlsgocyberstart.org
- USA 18–year-old and above college student programme: Cyber FastTrack www.cyber-fasttrack.org.
We have various intakes throughout the year so check our websites to see if you can sign up now! If registration has closed, you can pre-register and receive an email reminder when registration and CyberStart Assess reopens.
2. Sign in to CyberStart Assess
Once you’re registered, you’ll be able to access CyberStart Assess through your programme portal. Using the same sign in details you created to sign up to your programme, you can sign in and begin the challenges.
3. Start playing
There are several challenges for you to complete, each harder than the last. You can move between challenges and come back to previous ones you are struggling with. To complete each challenge, simply read the question and then try to find the code it’s asking for. When you think you have the answer, enter it into the box and click ‘submit code’. If it’s incorrect, you will be able to try again. Your score will then appear on your student timeline in the Cyber Discovery portal.
The resources in CyberStart Assess are limited so you will need to work together and carry out research using the internet and resources, such as our blogs, for clues and tips.
You can keep playing and improving your score until this stage of the programme finishes. Remember, the way you perform in this section will determine whether you move on to the next part of the programme.
🗒 For those who participated in previous years of the programme, you can continue where you left off at each stage as they re-open each year. If you did not make it past CyberStart Assess previously, we recommend you try our assessment again!
Good luck, agent!