The Cyber Security Academy, Ireland’s pioneering national cyber security training program want to bring cybersecurity closer to young people (11-18-year-old). Funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme, the initiative aims to equip young individuals with essential digital skills to identify, prevent, and predict cyber-attacks. Launched by the Irish Government, the program addresses the growing dependence on smartphones and the internet exacerbated by COVID-19. Recognizing a societal lack of awareness and skills in cybersecurity, especially among youth, the initiative seeks to address Ireland’s shortage of cybersecurity professionals, safeguarding the digital economy. The program not only offers well-paid and in-demand career opportunities but also empowers young individuals to contribute meaningfully to protecting the digital world.

The Cyber Security Academy caters to the curiosity and interests of young individuals aged 11-18, offering a comprehensive array of engaging activities:

Online Cyber Camp

This immersive experience guides participants through essential topics such as Cyber Crime Investigation, Cryptography and authentication, and Ethical Hacking. The camp not only imparts practical skills but also encourages discussions about the broader societal impact of cyber security.

Career Talks

Distinguished professionals from diverse backgrounds share their insights, aiming to reshape perceptions of cyber security as an aspirational and mainstream career option. The goal is to make this field accessible and appealing to young people from all walks of life.

National Cyber Schools Challenge (NCSC)

As a fun and inclusive national competition, NCSC provides students aged 11-18 with an opportunity to test their hacking skills. Importantly, no prior IT background is required, making it accessible to a broad range of participants.

Empowering Future Leaders: The Cyber Security Academy’s Mission for the Digital Future

The Cyber Security Academy is driven by a broader mission – to prepare the next generation to actively contribute to Ireland’s economic growth and ensure a secure living and working environment. Through initiatives like promoting science and technology in schools, addressing gender imbalances within the field, and enhancing computer science proficiency, the academy seeks to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for navigating the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

Digital technology / specialisation

  • cyber_skills_academy

Digital skill level

  • Basic

Geographic Scope - Country

  • Ireland

Type of initiative

National initiative

Target audience

  • Digital skills in education.
  • Digital skills for all

Target language

  • English



Target group

  • Non-Native Speakers
  • Persons who have completed primary education
  • Persons in secondary/compulsory education
  • Native Speakers

Skills resource type

Other training material