National CyberCenturion Final at TNMOC

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Aspiring young cyber security professionals will compete in the first final of the CyberCenturion competition in the home of Colossus, The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on 17 April 2015.

CyberCenturion, a UK national competition run by Cyber Security Challenge UK and Northrop Grumman, aims to inspire students to take up careers in cyber security by giving them the opportunity to experience the scenarios and challenges faced daily by existing professionals in the field.

Teams of four to six young people aged 12-18, representing schools and clubs, will be competing. They have come through a tough competition that required them to download a virtual computer full of vulnerabilities that could present opportunities for a cyber-criminal and then to patch their systems and keep them running securely.

The final, taking place in historic Block H, where the most secret enemy messages of World War II were routinely deciphered, will see a special challenge revealed on the day to a total of 40 students working in teams, with individuals coming from as far and wide as Essex, Chester and even Gibraltar.

Tim Reynolds, Chairman of TNMOC, said: “Who could have imagined seven decades ago that Block H, which then housed six Colossus computers, would in 2015 be the venue for a competition about something called cyber security? The Colossus computers were an incredibly innovative way of helping to secure the nation in the 1940s. Today our safety depends so much on computer security specialists. We are privileged to host such an important competition which complements our Museum’s aim to inspire future generations of computer scientists and engineers.”

CyberCenturion sits between the existing Cyber Security Challenge schools programme for secondary schools and the main Challenge competition programme. It is modelled on the US CyberPatriot programme, organised by the Air Force Association, in partnership with Northrop Grumman Foundation.

Notes To Editors

Block H, the home of Colossus and now The National Museum of Computing

Block H on Bletchley Park was the first purpose-built computer centre in the world. It was built in 1944 and by the end of World War II housed six functioning Colossus computers, the world’s first electronic computers that were used to help break the top secret Lorenz-encrypted messages sent by German High Command. Today Block H is home to The National Museum of Computing and the world-famous working rebuild of Colossus.

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.

Media Contacts
Stephen Fleming for The National Museum of Computing
01635 299116
s.fleming@palam.co.uk

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