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The CyberHub Trust is a charity, the primary purpose of which is to promote education and training of Digital Technology & Cybersecurity, facilitate a pipeline of well-trained, qualified and experienced young people and to identify ‘at-risk’ technically capable young people and encourage them to become productive members of society.
The CyberHub Trust enjoys various levels of support, including Sponsors, Partners (Home Office, DSIT, DfE, etc.) and Special Advisors (the NCA, NCSC CyberFirst. In addition, Further Education Colleges and Institutes of Technology, where CyberHubs are situated, provide educational training, apprenticeships and Community Outreach programmes.
The NCA is the National Crime Agency, which leads the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime. They also act as ‘Special Advisors’ to The CyberHub Trust.They provide support and assistance relating to Community Outreach Programmes, including those that identify ‘at-risk’ technically capable young people and encourage them to become productive members of society.
ROCU is the acronym that refers to a ‘Regional Organised Crime Unit’. Sitting within these units are the RCCUs, or Regional Cyber Crime Units, trusted partners of the NCSC that form the UK’s Cyber PROTECT Network. They operate across England & Wales and have a range of specialist policing capabilities — dedicated Cybersecurity teams who work with businesses, organisations & communities to promote steps that they believe will reduce the chances of individuals becoming a victim of cyber crime.
A CyberHub is a centralised location, usually situated within an FE College or IoT, where students are trained, attend Experience Days and events, receiving practical, hands-on experience, and pathways to develop careers in the field of DigiTech & Cybersecurity. They are also exposed to, and work alongside, Digital, IT, and Cybersecurity professionals.
The CyberHub Trust launched its first CyberHub SOC in 2020. There are now CyberHubs in eight locations across the UK, available for training, face-to-face activity, Experience Days, etc. and an additional three colleges are in discussion to host their own CyberHub.
Cybersecurity is the application of technologies, processes and controls to protect systems, networks, programmes, devices and data from cyber attacks.
Cyber Crime is an umbrella term for offences that either take place online, or where technology is a means/target for the attack.
Cyber-enabled Crime is where a crime can occur without the use of technology, but it is enhanced by its use. One example of this is fraudulent emails. These communications can be sent via letter in the post, but criminals now use emails, as they are free and can be sent out in greater volume. Another example is drugs being sold through the dark web, which increases the size of the buyer’s market and the amount of people that drug dealers can sell to.
In Cyber-dependent Crime, technology is necessary for someone to be able to commit that crime. An example of this is ‘unauthorised computer hacking’, as without the computer target, the offence could not take place.
Activities that seek to compromise technology such as computers, smartphones, tablets, websites and networks. This is illegal if a person doesn’t have permission to access that technology.
The white hat, black hat terms come from the old cowboy films in which the directors at the time had the ‘good guy’ wear a white hat and the ‘bad guy’ wear a black hat, so that the audience knew who they should be supporting from early-on in the movie. In the cybersecurity world, the white hats operate within the boundaries of the law, and the black hats do not.
Many cyber criminals first become interested in hacking because they have an interest in how technology works, and not necessarily for financial gain. This interest in technology can manifest itself through the modification of video games, which requires many of the same skills as hacking. When these skills are developed using systems and networks which the individual does not have permission to access, the individual may inadvertently commit a cyber offence. Forums are often used to increase knowledge. The individual may not think about who may be providing the information, or advice, on these forums and what their real intentions are. This is just one example of a pathway (that the NCA sees), but there are others.
Attempts to damage, disrupt or gain unauthorised access to computer systems, networks or devices.
A SOC acts like the Hub, or central command post, taking in data from across IT infrastructure, networks, devices, appliances, and information stores. The function of a SOC is to monitor, detect, investigate, and respond to cyberthreats; monitoring and protecting assets such as intellectual property (IP), personnel data and business systems. The SOC is led by a SOC Manager, and may include incident responders, SOC Analysts (Tiers 1, 2 & 3), threat hunters and incident response managers.
A Security Operations Centre is a central unit that oversees a company’s security using people, procedures and technology. The idea is to detect and protect against cyber threats by collecting data in one central location, processing it with the latest technology and having trained security analysts conduct investigations on any alerts and anomalies raised.
In the context of the CyberHub Trust, a Digital College is a Further Education College or IoT (in the UK), that offers a specialism in Digital, or Cyber Technology.

Institutes of Technology are collaborations between further education colleges, universities and employers, with employers at the heart of decision-making, curriculum development and delivery. They specialise in delivering higher technical education across England and are part of the government’s plans to reform technical training to help employers get the skilled workforce they need and offer local people rewarding and higher paid careers.

IoTs are dedicated to widening opportunities by offering flexible and affordable qualifications to learners of all ages. They offer a wide range of technical courses across sectors such as digital, advanced manufacturing, engineering and construction, including higher apprenticeships, higher technical qualifications, degrees, flexible courses for adults looking to reskill or upskill and T-Levels.

The CyberHub Business Model requires expert and specialist cybersecurity services, which are provided by appropriately vetted Service Providers. Service Providers partner with educators and oversee cybersecurity training and education, as well as provide shadowing and training opportunities for apprentices.
The CyberHub Trust, in association with its Service Providers, engage with Employers in order to provide Community Outreach Programmes, as well as assistance with training, Experience Days, shadowing and mentoring opportunities.
The CyberHub Trust works with Colleges and IoTs to provide Community Outreach Programmes. This includes working with local Law Enforcement & RCCU ‘Cyber Choices’ officers, supporting the CyberFirst Schools Programme, and providing access to programmes like Barefoot, BCS and iDEA, the Cisco Networking Academy and others. The Trust targets both individuals and groups, including schoolchildren (5 years +), students, parents, pensioners and adults wishing to re-skill.
To develop a professional career in DigiTech & Cyber, students can gain qualifications. The CyberHub Trust operates in FE Colleges and IoTs and together, we offer courses and qualifications in DigiTech and Cybersecurity, with the added incentive that students can learn while simultaneously receiving on-the-job training and/or apprenticeships. See the Training or Work & Learn pages for more information.
An Apprentice is someone who is learning a trade from a skilled employer, having agreed to work for a fixed period and wage. A Cybersecurity Apprentice is therefore someone who is learning about cybersecurity whilst ‘on-the-job’ and being paid at the same time. See the Work & Learn page for more information.

There are many Cybersecurity Qualifications. The CyberHub Trust offers a range of DigiTech & Cyber courses, from basic to expert; for individuals starting their careers, to professionals continuing to develop their skills.

In addition to some courses developed and delivered by The CyberHub Trust, other courses are industry-recognised certifications from the leading global vendors including CompTIA, Cisco & Microsoft, as well as online courses and badges from Barefoot, BCS, and iDEA Programmes, AWS Educate, AWS re/start and others. See the Training or Work & Learn pages for more information.