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App launched to boost pupils' cyber security skills

16/12/2014 Joanna
A new app has been launched for secondary school pupils and teachers to assist with the development of cyber security skills.

The Cryptoy app, developed at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), will enable users to understand basic encryption techniques, learn about their history and create their own encoded messages.

These messages can then be shared with friends via social media or more traditional means and the recipients can try to decipher them using the app.

Students on an industrial year placement at GCHQ developed the app as part of a project to demonstrate encryption techniques at the Cheltenham Science Festival. GCHQ decided to make it publicly available after receiving expressions of interest from those in teaching jobs.

Although it has been designed with Key Stage 4 students in mind, the app can be used by anyone with an interest in learning about or teaching cryptography.

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