A little over a week ago, a Cadet from Dorset and Wiltshire Wing attended the Gold Cyber Course at No. 1 Radio School, RAF Cosford. Cdt Dymond of 1304 (Chippenham) Sqn went on the second of the two courses this summer, from 12th–19th August.
After arriving on Saturday 12th, we settled into our accommodation and socialised for the rest of the day. During Sunday morning, we learnt about some basic networking. This included having to wire up two computers so that they could talk to each other. During the afternoon, we all visited the RAF Museum nearby. Monday and Tuesday followed with a lot of theory, including the laws relating to hacking and the dangers of social media. Wednesday and Thursday were more practical. It was during both these days that we actually did some hacking. On Friday, we finished off the teaching and took the final exam, with all of the 10 cadets passing. Later, we also were taught the Bronze Cyber syllabus so that we could all be qualified to teach it. We were presented with our badges and certificates by the Regional Commandant of Wales and West Region.
The Gold Cyber Course is the most relaxed course I’ve ever been on. It’s not only eye-opening and informative but also very interesting and fun. There was a good mixture of talks, group research, and practical exercises. I would definitely recommend this course to other cadets interested in cyber security.