Cybercrime: Education

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 7, Part 2 of the Government's Digital Strategy, published in March 2017, what estimate she has made of the number of 14 to 18 year olds; in how many schools who will be provided with specialist cyber security education.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Policy)

The Cyber Schools programme aims to support and encourage students to develop key skills to help defend the nation’s businesses against online threats. The programme aims to have at least 5,700 teenagers participating by 2021 (equating to around 1% of the annual school year). The Department is currently undertaking the procurement process to select a high-quality Provider, following which the delivery mechanism and numbers will be finalised. While the programme will work closely with schools to reach its target, the final delivery mechanism and the number of schools involved is yet to be determined.

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