Difference is Strength
Welcome to NeuroCyber
The Cyber Neurodiversity Group
The cyber sector has united to work to improve outcomes for neurodiverse individuals, positively impact the cyber skills gap and enrich our sector with new ways of thinking and true inclusion. Our member organisations work passionately to coordinate national activity, raise awareness, increase knowledge and accelerate action.
Asking your views on supporting neurodiversity in cyber?
CREST is asking those people, companies and people with experience to pass on, an opportunity to get involved in building an action focused report.
How can you get involved?
Download this workbook and watch this nine minute online workshop run by our very own Nicola Whiting; filling out the workbook as you go. (Just like being there really)
Once you have completed this please just email your workbook to the address given within the document. If you need a MS word version of the doc (email email@example.com)
The closing date for this report findings will be the end of September 2019. Thank you for your support!
NeuroCyber's Mike Spain in Infosecurity Magazine (Q2 2019, Digital Edition)
Founder, Mike Spain is in the cover feature for Infosecurity Magazine (digital edition, Q2 2019) in Kathryn Pick's excellent "Neurodiversity in Cybersecurity" article - alongside Becky Pinkard, Emma Kearns, Mary-Jo de Leeuw
Neurodiversity: A different way of looking at the world
Logical & methodical
Cognitive pattern recognition
“Outside the box” thinking
Attention to detail
Reliability & loyalty
Harness the skills
What's in it for you?
Diverse & stronger workforce
Cover key skills gaps
Unlock the benefit
Getting it right
The right role
The right training
The right leadership
Close the skills gap
Our projects: accelerating awareness & knowledge into action
Aimed at employers, the group will develop guidance to include areas such as: Neurodiverse skillsets, business benefits, board guidance, case studies, SME guide, employment, onboarding, management and retention of neurodiverse staff.
The group will look to expand on this information site and develop a Cyber Neurodiversity Hub. This will provide an accessible single point of reference for information from across the sector.
The group will look to run, or be present at, a number of events across the UK. This will provide the opportunity for the cyber industry to meet neurodiverse individuals, parents, carers & employers. We want to learn together through challenges, roundtable discussion and seminars in a friendly, enjoyable and accessible environment.
About the Cyber Neurodiversity Group
The UK Cyber sector has united to work towards improving outcomes for Neurodiverse individuals.
There are around 700,000 people in the UK on the autism spectrum. Approximately 1 in 100. Current data shows that only 16% of adults with autism (a neurodiverse condition) are in full time employment. This figure has not improved since 2007.
At the same time, the cyber security sector is struggling with an increasing skills gap, expected to reach 3.5 million globally by 2021.
Up to ¾ of cognitively able autistic adults could possess the aptitude and skillset for a career in cyber security.
There are a growing number of organisations in the UK Cyber sector providing schemes for those with neurodiverse conditions, but the employment and retention figures remain stagnated. Greater impact will only be achieved at scale through effective coordination across the sector.
Formed in October 2017, the Cyber Neurodiversity Group is building on the good work already underway in the sector. Over 40 members represent UK Government, the UK Cyber Industry, Academia & Third Sector to come together to better coordinate activity.
With the shared knowledge & experience of participants, the aim is to improve outcomes by attracting and retaining those with neurodiverse conditions, enrichment of the sector through diversity and positively impacting the skills gap.
The member organisations