Virtual Cyber School

Gain access to over 200 free cyber security challenges and learn from industry experts at the Virtual Cyber School

Virtual Cyber School is closed for registration.
You can still play CyberStart Game for free in the Cyber Discovery programme!
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Join and receive your free CyberStart Game licence

Whether you’re already a white-hat hacker in training or you’ve never touched a keyboard before, you can join our online Virtual Cyber School.

Studying from home doesn’t have to be a chore. Join our Virtual Cyber School, in partnership with HM Government, where you will gain access to CyberStart Game until 31st August 2020 - an interactive learning platform played and loved by over 200k students worldwide.

With your free CyberStart Game licence, you’ll be able to explore and have a go at over 200 online cyber security challenges. Learn how to crack codes, find security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails whilst playing as a cyber agent in our Cyber Protection Agency. You will learn the essential concepts and ideas cyber agents apply when dealing with the aftermath of real cyber attacks.

Students with no previous experience or interest have gone on to master techniques such as SQL injection and XXS. Our training has taught them how to write their own programs and learn what it means to be an ethical hacker working in the industry.

I absolutely loved taking part! I got pretty hooked on the rush of investigation and problem solving.

Previous CyberStart student

What is CyberStart Game

I am already taking part in Cyber Discovery
If you already have access to CyberStart Game in the Cyber Discovery programme, you do not need to apply. Your licenses are being extended in the main programme and your progress will be lost by signing up to the Virtual Cyber School.
For more information on how the Virtual Cyber School and Cyber Discovery programme work together click here.

Virtual Cyber School is closed for registration.

You can still play CyberStart Game for free in the Cyber Discovery programme! Visit Cyber Discovery

Over 200 challenges across four exciting bases for you to explore and learn through

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HQ Base

Tackle cyber-criminal gangs and gather information about them by solving puzzles and learning techniques like code breaking, command line basics, binary reversing, SQL Injection and XSS.

Easy: 30%
Medium: 40%
Hard: 30%
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Forensics Base

Learn the essential concepts and ideas cyber agents apply when dealing with the aftermath of a cyber security attack. Analyse digital forensics assets and figure out what happened!

Easy: 37.5%
Medium: 37.5%
Hard: 25%
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Moon Base

Here you'll learn Python, executing and running code through your own code editor and writing your own programs. Write cyber security specific scripts to solve real world challenges.

Easy: 37.5%
Medium: 37.5%
Hard: 25%
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Volcano Base

Volcano base is only open to those who complete 100% of HQ. This base comes with a warning: only the most determined and skilled will ever complete it.

Hard: 60%
Extreme: 40%
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The challenges are interesting and satisfying. If I didn't know how to do something, I was encouraged to look through the manual and do extra research to learn how to do it; this gave me a sense of ownership over the solution, which was incredibly rewarding.

Previous CyberStart student

Virtual Cyber School is closed for registration.
You can still play CyberStart Game for free in the Cyber Discovery programme!
Visit Cyber Discovery

Homeschooling just got easier

CyberStart Game is the most proven cyber security training tool for young adults. Full of challenges that will test the persistence and research needed when facing authentic cyber security tasks, CyberStart builds up students’ technical skills and creative-thinking. Whether approached by beginners with a casual interest or hobbyists who are steps away from becoming a cyber security professional, it offers challenges that engage the mind, teach new skills and enhance existing knowledge.

The rich narrative, highly designed challenges and user-centric progress system is designed to enable a student to work through the challenges at their own pace, without the need of a teacher or anyone who has a background in cyber security.

During this testing period of school closures, we want to ensure young adults and their learning are supported more than ever. That is why our Virtual Cyber School is offering thousands of free licences to keep students occupied.

How does CyberStart Game work?

To take part you must be 13-18 years old and live in the UK. We will reply with further instructions and your CyberStart Game licence once your application form has been reviewed.

Virtual Cyber School is closed for registration.
You can still play CyberStart Game for free in the Cyber Discovery programme!
Visit Cyber Discovery
If you already have access to CyberStart Game in the main Cyber Discovery programme, you do not need to apply. Your licences are being extended so you will be able to keep playing during the Virtual Cyber School.

What is the difference between Virtual Cyber School and Cyber Discovery?

Although the content of Virtual Cyber School is drawn from Cyber Discovery’s CyberStart Game phase, the two are entirely separate programmes.

Cyber Discovery is HM Government’s Cyber Schools Programme - a free, online extracurricular programme, turning teenagers across the country into cyber security experts. Entry to Cyber Discovery is a distinct and separate process to this Virtual Cyber School opportunity, involving a fun, assessment qualifying phase.

Students who take part in the Virtual Cyber School will be invited to take part in Cyber Discovery when the next intake opens in June. However, progress and scores achieved in the Virtual Cyber School will not be carried over to Cyber Discovery for those that do take part in both. This is because Cyber Discovery includes multiple learning phases with even more content than the Virtual Learning School - and there is a competitive element to Cyber Discovery, with top-scoring participants qualifying for life changing opportunities and resources.

Virtual Cyber School has been created to provide an interactive and unique cyber security learning environment for as many 13-18 year old UK students as possible during this testing period of school closures. Within Virtual Cyber School you will be given access to CyberStart Game (the largest phase in the Cyber Discovery programme) via a free licence. Sign up now and learn new skills that could launch you on the path to an exciting and rewarding career in cyber security.

Virtual Cyber School is closed for registration.
You can still play CyberStart Game for free in the Cyber Discovery programme!

Visit Cyber Discovery

Information for existing Cyber Discovery players

If you’re already enjoying playing CyberStart Game in Cyber Discovery - don’t let your hard work and efforts go to waste! Keep playing with your existing licence to build on your progress and secure your invite to CyberStart Elite.

We encourage you to join our weekly Virtual Cyber School webinars to learn, develop and evolve your skills even further. You'll be more confident and know all the tips you need to progress with your remaining CyberStart Game challenges on your Cyber Discovery account.

While you continue mastering your skills, why not help us spread the word about the Virtual Cyber School. Help friends and family escape to a world of forensic fun and coding creativity by applying for their own CyberStart Game licence.