Derbyshire ACF's First Cyber Defender

One D Company cadet is blazing a trail in cyber security

6 September 2020

During lockdown, and whilst face-to-face training is suspended, Derbyshire cadets have engaged with a range of virtual learning opportunities.

One subject that has made an easy transition to training via an online platform is cyber security. The National Cyber Security Centre runs a series of CyberFirst courses for 11 - 17 year olds, free of charge.

In a first for Derbyshire ACF, Cadet Zoe Benford, Sinfin Detachment, has spent the last two weeks undergoing the second course in the series called Defenders. The course is a valuable introduction on how to build and protect small networks and personal devices. It helps increase awareness of cyber security, whilst also equipping a person with a set of relevant practical skills.

  • Identifying the source and impact of common cyber security threats
  • Defining and applying first-line cyber defences
  • Constructing, configuring and securing a home network
  • Taking steps to manage personal digital footprints

Cadet Benford, said "although some of it was difficult it was very interesting to learn about and I learned many new skills to protect me and my family when using the internet.“

Lt Michael Gibb, Sinfin Detachment Commander, gave this praise: "very proud of her hard work, determination and success."

In preparation for the Defenders course, Cadet Benford completed the Bronze level Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award. Known as iDEA, it is an international programme that helps develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. More information can be found here:

Lt Paul Thomas, County STEM Officer & Ticknall Detachment Commander, said "After receiving training to deliver Adventurers - the first in the series of CyberFirst courses, I was excited to introduce cyber security to a group of cadets in January. I'm very pleased Cadet Benford was inspired to take on the challenge of a more advanced course. I'm looking forward to delivering more Adventurers courses to Derbyshire cadets and supporting their ambitions."

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