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Successful Cyber security competition set for repeat run in 2016

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A cyber security competition held in Milton Keynes this April has proven so successful that the organisers say the event will be run again in 2016.

Hosted at at The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park (pictured), the 2015 CyberCenturion National Finals set out to find the UK’s best young cyber talent by putting 12 to 18-year-olds through their paces in tackling cyber attacks. Eight teams competed in the final wherein they were given the roles of being cyber security professionals working at a computer games company.

The simulator saw the company come under attack from hackers. Their task was to protect sensitive customer data and valuable intellectual property against theft by the malicious cyber criminals.

With 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 all watching on, the young contestants battled it out to see who could find a solution to the cyber attack.

The competition, delivered in accordance with Cyber Security Challenge UK, was won by a team from the KEGS Young Engineering Club at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford.

So successful was the event in both encouraging young people to engage with the issue of cyber security and in giving the best talent a platform to shine in front of some of the industry’s finest that the decision has already been made by sponsor Northrop Grumman Corporation to hold the CyberCenturion contest again in 2016.

Registration for the 2016 CyberCenturion is now open.

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