Northrop Grumman is once again leading the CyberCenturion competition, one of the company’s flagship STEM programmes in the UK. Now in its fourth year, the competition is going from strength to strength and this year we have ambitious goals to increase the number and diversity of teams participating, and in particular to encourage greater numbers of girls and cadets taking part in the competition.
CyberCenturion, delivered in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge, is the UK’s first cyber defence competition for 12-18 year olds and offers young people the chance to experience simulated real world cyber security threats.
The competition runs during the academic year and begins with a series of rounds played virtually. These are preceded by practice rounds which begin in September. Exhibition rounds are held until 8 August. Teams are supported by their Team Leaders who have access to training materials and live online support from the CyberCenturion HQ. The top scoring teams are then invited to join the face-to-face national finals in London in March 2018, where after four hours of intense competition against the clock, the winning team is announced.
All training materials are provided together with guidance and support for Team Leaders, and there are opportunities for a wide range of organisations, including parents, to host independent groups of young people to enter the competition.
CyberCenturion opens the way for students aged 12-18 years to consider future careers and academic opportunities in cyber security and aims to inspire them to fulfil their ambitions and give them access to experienced industry experts and training to achieve their goals.
It can be played in or outside the school environment, and competing only requires a responsible adult to manage the team. All you need is a team of 4-5 players and a good internet connection!
If you know any 12-18 year olds who are interested in IT and computer systems, and want to learn more, or you know a school or other organisation that would like to take part, please pass on this message to them and encourage them to get involved in this year’s CyberCenturion competition!
The closing date for entries is 6th October 2017 so please enter soon to secure a place.
You can read more about the competition here: https://www.cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/competitions/cybercenturion