Officers from our National Cyber Crime Unit are hosting a stand at the Insomnia 59 Games Festival at the Birmingham NEC this weekend (Friday 9 to Sunday 11 December 2016).

We'll be there to answer any questions you may have about the NCA and cyber crime in general and also to:

  • Promote opportunities to utilise computer and cyber skills legitimately within various industries;
  • Discuss the law around cyber crime; and
  • Talk about the work of our National Cyber Crime Unit

Demos and career opportunities

Over the weekend in partnership with NCCGroup we'll host a series of demonstrations on Pen testing and highlighting career and other opportunities within the cyber security industry. The demonstrations will outline the need to follow laws and regulations such as the Criminal Misuse Act 1990 whilst learning and developing these skills. The demonstrations will be taking place every day at 11:30 and 14:30.

The NCA will also be hosting a panel titled “Pathways into Cyber Crime and Prevent activity”. On the panel Richard Jones NCCU Manager will be joined by representatives from the Cyber Security Challenge; Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers; and UK Interactive Entertainment. The panel will be discussing how people can become engaged in cyber criminality, and to inform about legitimate opportunities to utilise computing skills and knowledge to seek careers and options within the cyber security industry.

We will also be running a challenge throughout the weekend to win a day at the NCA, pop by the stand to complete our challenge.

NCA officers will be providing details and information on opportunities and the Computer Misuse Act.

We'll be on Facebook Live throughout the weekend and on Twitter, Snapchat (nca_uk) and Instagram.

If you're attending please come and meet us (we don’t byte!).

Ways to use cyber skills positively

Skills in coding, gaming, computer programming, cyber security or anything IT-related are in high demand and there are many careers and opportunities available to anyone with an interest in these areas.

Teachers and schools careers advisers should be able to advise on ways to develop cyber skills.

There are also a number of organisations to help young people develop cyber skills

  • Cyber Security Challenge - a series of national competitions, learning programmes and networking in coding and programming.
  • Inspired Careers - a virtual hub providing information on job and career paths in cyber security.
  • CREST is a not-for-profit organisation that provides exams and qualifications for cyber security professionals and also accredits companies delivering specialist advice and services to help protect businesses and government organisations from cyber attacks
  • UK Interactive Entertainment - the trade body for the UK games and interactive entertainment industry
  • The Tech Partnership have links on tech apprenticeships
  • Tech Future Girls - aimed at 10 to 14-year-olds; teaches girls skills ranging from coding to cyber security and video editing

Also search for national and local code academies and clubs within your area.


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