It's easy to assume that current circumstances in the UK have pressed pause on everyday cybercrime enforcement. However, the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) of the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) along with UK Policing continue working to keep internet users safe from hackers, malware, DDoS attacks, and more, including those operating in the online gaming world.
If you've ever flirted with the idea of working for the NCCU, or in the cybersecurity field in general, now - more than ever - is a great time to make use of some of the great learning resources available online; especially as many of us still find ourselves with a lot more free time on our hands.
The government, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and NCA have partnered up with some of the biggest names in cyber security training to offer new learning opportunities for 13-18 year-olds, which could set you on the path to gaining industry certifications. The Virtual Cyber School and Cyber Discovery program are both up and running now, and absolutely free.
The NCSC is the leading agency for protecting the UK from cyber-attacks, and has moved its popular CyberFirst summer programme into online virtual classrooms. Each course lasts two weeks, running from June to August.
But if you're interested in any of the above you should apply quickly, because some of the programs will be closing soon.
Containing over 100 labs, Cyber4Summer offers a gamified way to learn the skills required to be a cyber investigator, red teamer or cyber defender. CyberLand is a fun game that introduces the basics of cyber security, with new more challenging content coming soon.
The cybersecurity sector is in great need of fresh, new talent, and therefore offers above average salaries. If you're someone who has spent time learning to code, setting up and administering online servers, or creating mods for some of your favourite games, the likelihood is you've already developed key skills that could give you an edge in a career in cybersecurity.
Whatever you get up to online during these unusual times, make sure you stay safe and on the right side of the law. The Computer Misuse Act tells you all you need to know about the laws that govern the cybersphere, and can help you determine when harmless cyber activity - gaming or otherwise - can descend into cybercrime.
To learn more about the opportunities to develop cyber security skills and the work that UK law enforcement is doing to prevent talented youngsters becoming involved in cybercrime, please visit the Cyber Choices website.