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Cyber Prevent Network

The National Cyber Prevent Network is led by the National Cyber Crime Unit at the National Crime Agency (NCA). The aim of the network is to prevent young people from becoming involved in cyber dependant crime through education and awareness.

Cyber crime is a serious criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act. ERSOU, the National Crime Agency and local police forces take cyber crime extremely seriously and will make every effort to arrest and prosecute offenders.

Young people getting involved with cyber crime could face:

•A visit and warning from police or NCA officers
•Computers being seized and being prevented from accessing the internet
•A penalty or fine
•Being arrested
•Up to life in prison for the most serious offences
•A permanent criminal record could affect education and future career prospects, as well as potential future overseas travel.

ERSOU's Cyber Prevent Officers Stephanie Frankish and Andy Baldwin, work in partnership with the NCA to deter young people with an interest, talent or curiosity in computers, coding, gaming and cyber related disciplines from finding themselves in a position where , unknowingly or otherwise, they have broken the law. They aim to do so in environments where young people are learning or exercising cyber related skills by:

• raising awareness of offences covered by the Computer Misuse Act 1990
• informing of the potential consequences of offending
• promoting environments where such skills can be exercised legitimately
• raising awareness of the wealth of opportunities in the information security and other relevant sectors

Where offences have already taken place, they will seek to prevent further offending, aiming to work with partners including police colleagues in the ERSOU area, youth justice teams and probation services, to provide positive interventions which will aim to redirect such skills and ability into legal and constructive pathways.

Make sure you’re fully aware of the Computer Misuse Act 1990, and that online activity is in compliance with the law.

Regional Contacts

Stephanie Frankish - Cyber Prevent Officer
[email protected]
01707 355 480 / 07736 481 014

Andy Baldwin - Cyber Prevent Officer
[email protected]
01707 355 480 / 07872 047 565

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Positive Cyber Skills

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. Whatever your skills or interests there is something for everyone – a number of organisations offer internships, insight days and apprenticeships

Top reasons to look for a career in cyber security include:

• A good salary from the start and attractive benefit packages

• These career choices are in high demand not just in the UK but also abroad-which means young people have an opportunity to travel to new places whilst learning new cyber skills

• Being part of a dynamic industry – never a dull day with the opportunity to keep refreshing skills and expanding their knowledge of the cyber-world

• Highly transferable skills that can be applied to any industry

• Becoming a Digital Defender by helping companies and people to stay safe and fight cyber crime

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

Cyber Security Challenge UK - a series of national competitions, learning programmes and networking in coding and programming.

GCHQ Careers – here you can find out about what jobs with the tech industry your skills match, there are job profile too where GCHQ staff talk about what they get up to in their role. You can also find out more about GCHQ’s Cyber First programme for University Students, Apprenticeships and Summer Schools for teenagers.

Video Game Ambassadors – part of UKIE (UK Interactive Entertainment), learn what it is like to become a game developer or how to get a job in the gaming industry

Also keep an eye out on what is going on in our local libraries, clubs, colleagues or universities for activities or opportunities for young people of all ages.

There are opportunities at school and university for young people to learn cyber skills such as penetration testing in safe and legal environments.

Deterrents and alternative opportunities

It’s important to understand why more young people are becoming involved in cyber crime in order to ensure proper deterrents and alternative opportunities are available for people to enhance their skills and allow them to use positively. Working alongside CREST, the NCCU Prevent Team have produced a discussion paper around young peoples pathway into cyber crime and how to promote positive alternatives.

Advice for teachers

If you’re worried about one of your students speak to them about what is illegal, the consequences of cyber crime, and show them positive ways to use their skills (see above). You should also make the student’s parents aware of your concerns.

Cyber Security Challenge UK has developed a lesson plan lesson plan and interactive game to teach people about the Computer Misuse Act.

If you believe that your school is the victim of a cyber crime attack, or a student is committing cyber crime, report to police by calling 101.

If you believe you have been a victim of cyber crime, please report to Action Fraud.

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