23 Apr 2020
Navigating a world made remote by COVID-19 has brought all sorts of new challenges to light—but amid struggles to adapt and socially distance, there are those determined to make the best of it. Jonathan Slater and Lorna Armitage, industry professionals in the U.K., are taking the opportunity to give homeschooled kids a crash course in cybersecurity. Launched in late March, the virtual “Cyber School” hosts daily 45-minute livestreams featuring topics such as an introduction to coding and algorithms, safe Internet practices, and even concepts like ethical hacking and social engineering. Slater and Armitage are just two of a mounting number of cybersecurity experts who, in the wake of increased cyber threats due to COVID, are stepping in to educate the public. Others have volunteered their services by providing threat data to the health sector or hunting down malware developed to take advantage of the pandemic. Leading up to the Cyber School’s launch on March 30, the program had already enrolled thousands, and had three pending requests from schools in the U.K. to enroll their entire student bodies.