Welcome to Inspire Surrey: Cyber

Our Inspire Surrey: Cyber programme connects our Surrey residents with cyber professionals to bring life to the industry and inspire people of all ages, genders and backgrounds towards a career in cyber and digital occupations.

At Inspire Surrey: Cyber, we’re passionate about unlocking the potential of cyber security as a career path for everyone.

Our initiative is dedicated to connecting residents of Surrey with seasoned cyber professionals. We aim to breathe life into the industry and spark a flame of inspiration in people from all walks of life, regardless of age, gender, or background.

Our mission at Inspire Surrey: Cyber is not just about bringing awareness; it’s about igniting a passion for the ever-evolving world of cyber and digital occupations. With a special focus on cutting-edge fields like AI, Data Science, and Cyber Security, we’re here to guide you through the myriad of opportunities these sectors offer.

We’re proud to work alongside the Surrey Cyber Security Cluster, the first Nationally Recognised UKC3 Cluster in the South East of the UK.

This collaboration ensures that we’re at the forefront of the latest developments and trends in the industry, providing the most current and comprehensive guidance to our aspiring cyber professionals.

Join us in exploring the dynamic and rewarding world of cyber security. Whether you’re taking your first steps or looking to switch gears professionally, Inspire Surrey: Cyber is your gateway to a future rich with possibilities in the digital realm. Let’s embark on this journey together, shaping the future of cyber security one inspired mind at a time.

Our Projects

Cyber Challenge

An interactive workshop designed for secondary students in Years 7 to 9, offering an engaging exploration of the dynamic roles within the cyber industry.

Women Returners Event

In-person workshop to inspire mums returning to work or seeking a career change to pursue a career in digital.

Cyber Event at Brooklands Museum

A half-day event at the Brooklands Museums for secondary students in Years 8 and 9 providing hands-on practical demonstrations to ignite their interest in cyber careers.

Community Digital Fair

An interactive and free-to-attend community event bringing together residents and local employers to raise awareness about careers in the digital and cyber industries. The Community Digital Fair Event is open to all ages.

Online Teacher Webinars

Informative webinars connecting teachers and career leads with industry professionals and academics. The webinar raises awareness of the different roles alongside the skills valued in cyber and digital professions.

Teacher Encounters

Teacher Encounters provides an opportunity for teachers to engage directly with employers to learn about the different careers and pathways to the cyber industry. Teachers will engage with employers online and face-to-face to help improve their understanding of linkages between their subject and local cyber and digital careers.

Interested in getting involved with our Inspire Surrey: Cyber programme? Want to find out more about our projects?

Get in touch with us to get updates and explore how you can participate.


Student & Educator Resources

There are a range of initiatives and resources available for students and educators to explore careers and pathways into cyber.

Cyber Access Hub

The UK Cyber Security Council’s Cyber Access Hub gathers up-to-date content from across the UK to share how you can get started with cyber security.

National Cyber Security Centre

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), provides students with knowledge and insights into the ever-evolving world of cyber security

Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK)

A comprehensive Body of Knowledge to inform and underpin education and professional training for the cyber security sector.

CyberFirst Bursary

Unlock your potential with CyberFirst university bursaries, designed to make higher education accessible and affordable for students aiming to achieve their academic goals.

CyberFirst Girls Competition

Welcome to the future of cybersecurity, where young women take centre stage. The CyberFirst Girls Competition is a an initiative that empowers the next generation of female cybersecurity experts. Let’s dive into this journey into the world of digital defence.

Registrations for the CyberFirst Girls’ Competition 2023/24 opens on the 25th November 2023.

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    How do I start my career in cyber security?

    Getting into the field of cyber security can be a rewarding and challenging journey. Here are the steps you can follow to get started.

    Educational Foundation

    Start with a solid educational background. Many cyber security professionals have degrees in computer science, information technology, or related fields. While a degree is not always necessary, it can be advantageous.

    Learn the Basics

    Gain a good understanding of basic computer and network fundamentals. You need to know how computers and networks work before you can secure them.

    Online Courses and Certifications

    Take online courses and earn relevant certifications. Certifications like CompTIA Security+, are widely recognised in the industry.

    Hands-On Experience

    Build hands-on experience by setting up a lab environment, experimenting with different operating systems, and learning about common security tools and techniques. You can also participate in Capture The Flag (CTF) challenges to practice your skills.


    Join local or online cybersecurity communities, attend conferences, and network with professionals in the field. Networking can help you learn about job opportunities and stay updated on industry trends.


    Cybersecurity is a vast field. Consider specialising in a specific area such as network security, penetration testing, incident response, or threat intelligence.

    Stay Informed

    Stay up-to-date with the latest cybersecurity threats and trends. Follow security blogs, news, and subscribe to YouTube, podcasts or newsletters.

    Tools and Technologies

    Familiarise yourself with various security tools and technologies, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, antivirus software, and encryption techniques.

    Practice Ethical Hacking

    Consider becoming an ethical hacker. Ethical hackers, also known as white-hat hackers, are hired to test the security of systems and applications. Earning certifications like CEH can be a pathway to this role.

    Internships & Entry-Level Positions

    Look for internships or entry-level positions in IT or cybersecurity. These opportunities can provide valuable real-world experience.

    Continuous Learning

    Cyber Security is a rapidly evolving field. Continuously improve your skills, stay updated on emerging threats, and pursue advanced certifications as you progress in your career.

    Soft Skills

    Develop strong communication and problem-solving skills. The ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders is crucial in cyber security.

    Cybersecurity is a dynamic field, and the learning process never truly ends. The more you practice and gain experience, the more valuable you become in the industry. Building a portfolio and demonstrating your skills through personal projects or contributions to open-source security tools can also help you stand out to potential employers.

    News & Information

    Cyber Security News from Surrey and across the UK

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