• CGI’s own ‘escape room’ – a fun way to learn about cyber security – is in Glasgow for CyberScotland Week
  • The mobile unit consists of two ‘rooms’ in which people try to ‘beat the hacker’
  • Uncover clues, solve puzzles and complete tasks with help of CGI ‘Gamesmaster’
  • The experience is a fun way for everyone to learn about cyber security 

Background

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, joined pupils from Eastbank Primary School as they enjoyed a morning at CGI’s Cyber Escape experience on Friday.

IT and consulting services company CGI, which has been the main IT provider for Glasgow City Council since 2017, brought its escape room-style experience to the city as part of CyberScotland Week.

The pupils learned all about online security risks and how to avoid them by teaming up in groups to beat the hacker in a fun, interactive way.

The minister joined one of the groups to see how they worked together to uncover clues, solve puzzles and accomplish cyber-related tasks to escape successfully in the time allowed. Also in attendance from Glasgow City Council were Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills and Early Years, and Douglas Hutchison, Executive Director of Education, as well as Lyndsey Teaz, Business Unit Leader for CGI in Scotland.

CGI is one of the world’s largest IT and business consulting services companies, working with multiple sectors in both the private and public sector. From telecoms to space, CGI works to support organisations as they innovate, modernise, and maintain secure solutions.

Quotes

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, said: “We all need to be ready for the opportunities and challenges that living and working online can bring. Participating in experiences like the CGI Cyber Escape experience not only raises young people’s awareness of cyber risk and how to manage it, but can also spark their interest in pursuing a career in cyber security.

“These careers can be truly rewarding and I’d encourage more young people, particularly girls, to consider finding out more about the opportunities on offer.”

Lyndsey Teaz, Business Unit Leader for CGI in Scotland, said: “We are delighted that the Minister saw first-hand how CGI’s Cyber Escape experience has been specially designed to educate people of all ages in how to protect themselves online in a fun, interactive way.

“It’s vital in today’s world, when we spend so much of our personal and professional lives online, that we have the knowledge to recognise and follow the correct techniques that keep us safe from cyber-attack. Our experience achieves this in an enjoyable escape room-style environment.”

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