2015 CyberCenturion Winners
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The 2015 CyberCenturion National Finals, a competition for aspiring cyber security professionals, has been so successful that sponsor Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has announced it will continue to seek out the UK’s best young cyber talent by running the CyberCenturion competition for a second year in 2016.
CyberCenturion is the UK’s first team-based cyber security contest specifically designed to attract 12-18 year olds. Delivered in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK, the competition aims to engage talented young people with an interest in cyber as a way to address the national skills gap in STEM subjects. Registration for 2016 is now open and team leaders can register their interest here.
The winner of the 2015 CyberCenturion National Finals, held at The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park last week, was a team from the KEGS Young Engineering Club at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford.
Eight teams competed in the final, each taking on the role of cyber-experts at a fictional video games company under attack by rival businesses trying to steal valuable industry information. Their task was to protect sensitive customer data and valuable intellectual property against theft by malicious hackers. Contestants battled it out at under the watchful eyes of world-leading cyber experts from CyberPatriot, Northrop Grumman, Fujitsu, The National Museum of Computing and the National Commissioner for the US Air Force Association’s Cyber Patriot programme.
“Promoting education in STEM is a core focus for Northrop Grumman and CyberCenturion, has enabled young people interested in the world of cyber security to get their first real experience of the scenarios and challenges that existing professionals have to grapple with on a daily basis. This competition has provided a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate how we can apply our industry leading knowledge and experience in cyber to help address the skills gap and build the U.K. talent pool in cyber security,” said Andrew Tyler, chief executive Europe, Northrop Grumman. “We offer our congratulations to the winners from KEGS and look forward to continuing our partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK to make CyberCenturion as successful in the UK as CyberPatriot has been in the US in cultivating the cyber professionals of the future.”
“Partnering with Northrop Grumman provides an opportunity to draw on the company’s invaluable expertise and experience in delivering cyber skills education across the US,” said Stephanie Daman, CEO at Cyber Security Challenge UK. “People begin thinking about their future careers at an increasingly young age and it is vital that we find ways to get children interested in STEM early on, in order to curb the skills gap we are experiencing now.”
Tim Reynolds, Chairman of The National Museum of Computing said: “We were honoured to hold the first CyberCenturion National Finals at The National Museum of Computing. There was a great buzz of enthusiasm and endeavour as the competitors faced the challenges of cybersecurity today in Block H where their 1940’s predecessors broke the most complex encryption of the Second World War using the world’s first electronic computer. On Friday competitors were forbidden to use their pocket-sized smartphones during the competition, but many told us they were overawed by the room-sized Colossus Rebuild as it whirred into action on their Museum tour.”
To find out more about Cyber Centurion go to: http://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/
Registration for 2016 is now open and team leaders can register their interest here.
Notes to editors
About CyberCenturion CyberCenturion is the UK version of the proven CyberPatriot competition, part of a major U.S. national youth cyber STEM education programme presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and create by the Air Force Association. It is part of the company’s commitment to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and to help build the U.K.’s pool of talent in cyber security. The CyberPatriot competition has already engaged more than 250,000 children, educating them on the opportunities in cyber security across the US. Eighty percent of those who have taken part in CyberPatriot now plan to pursue a higher education course in a STEM subject.
About Cyber Security Challenge UK - With the backing of founding sponsors like the SANS Institute, the Challenge started out in 2010 to create a series of virtual and face-to-face competitions that would identify talented people for the cyber security industry. Now entering its 6th year the Challenge is backed by over 50 of the UK’s most prestigious public, private and academic organisations, and hosts a wide programme of activities designed to spread the word about why cyber security is such a fulfilling and varied career and help talented people get their first cyber security jobs. Working from school level right through to helping career changers making the transition across, the Challenge is making a notable difference to the career prospects of those with the talents and aptitude to become cyber security professionals.
About Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman is a leading provider of full-spectrum cyber solutions to the United States government and to allied nations around the world. The company builds cyber into every system, platform, and product that it produces in order to enhance mission assurance and resiliency, while investing both in innovative technology and cyber talent of the future. For information about careers in cyber in the U.K., go to http://www.northropgrumman.com/careers. Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.
A pledge by an individual benefactor of £1 million if matched funding is found means that every pound or dollar donated to the Museum will count double. Previous funders of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Capital Partners, Bloomberg, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, Ocado Technology, FUZE, 4Links, Google UK, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, and BCS.
The whole Museum is currently open to the public on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon, spring and summer Bank Holidays and increasingly during school holidays. Colossus and Tunny galleries are open almost every day. Guided tours are available at 2pm on Tuesdays. There are often additional opening times for the public -- see the website or the iPhone app for updates. Educational and corporate groups are very welcome and may be on any day or evening by prior arrangement. During Easter Bytes 1-12 April 2015, the Museum is fully open to the public daily 12 noon - 5pm.
For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+. A TNMOC iPhone App is also now available from the iPhone App Store.
Stephen Fleming for The National Museum of Computing