CyberCenturion 2016 Final at TNMOC

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After three gruelling rounds of intense online cyber battles, ten teams of the UK’s finest 12-18 year-old amateur cyber talent have won through to the CyberCenturion Final to be held at TNMOC in April.

This will be the second time that the final has been hosted in historic Block H, the home of Colossus and TNMOC.

Over the last four months, schools and clubs from across the UK and overseas territories have entered teams of their brightest 12-18 year olds to compete against each other for a place in the final on 26 April 2016.

At the CyberCenturion final, run by Cyber Security Challenge UK in partnership with Northrop Grumman, ten teams will compete to show their cyber skills in front of the world’s top cyber experts.

Last year's winning team, KEGS Sixth, from King Edward VI Grammar School of Chelmsford in Essex, is among this year's qualifiers and will defend its title in the ultimate battle of young cyber minds.

The 2016 CyberCenturion finalists are:

  • G-Sec, Bayside School, Gibraltar
  • Tom & Co, Frome College, Somerset
  • Jake & Co, Frome College, Somerset
  • Matrix Mk IV, King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
  • KEGS Sixth, King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
  • You can't "C" me, St George’s School Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • REFRESH, Suffolk and Essex
  • OpAmps, King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
  • CADS 2, 3SDL, Malvern
  • St George's Cybers, St George’s School Edgbaston, Birmingham.

CyberCenturion is the UK’s first team-based cyber security contest specifically designed to attract 12-18 year olds. Delivered in a partnership between Cyber Security Challenge UK and Northrop Grumman, the competition aims to engage talented young people with an interest in cyber as a way to address the national skills gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and encourage careers in cyber security.

The competition mirrors the US CyberPatriot game, part of a major American STEM education programme presented and delivered by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and the non-profit Air Force Association, which has already engaged well over 250,000 children and educated them on the opportunities in cyber security across the US. Of those who have taken part, 80% now plan to pursue a higher education course in a STEM subject. The Air Force Association also supplies the competition platform for CyberCenturion competition.

“CyberCenturion is addressing a critical skills gap in the UK by inspiring our youth to become tomorrow’s much-needed cyber leaders,” said Diane Miller, director, CyberPatriot Programs, Northrop Grumman. “The competition continues to get more challenging throughout every round, helping participants not only to hone their technical skills, but improve their communication, leadership, and collaboration skills. We congratulate all the competitors and look forward to another exciting National Finals.”

Stephanie Daman, CEO of Cyber Security Challenge UK said: “The participation in this years’ CyberCenturion has been incredible, with dozens of teams from across the country vying for a spot in the finals. Congratulations to those who have qualified; we look forward to seeing the brightest young stars in action at the final.”

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