Cyber Security Challenge

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16 Oct 2013

The Cabinet Office have written to me about a new initiative for schools they are supporting through their National Cyber Security Programme. This is an opportunity to increase school pupils' awareness of cyber security and to inspire them to keep the UK safe online.

The Cyber Security Challenge has since 2010 run a nationwide cyber security skills competition backed by government, industry and academia. The initiative runs Cyber Security 'Battles' which pit participants against each other to find the brightest and the most talented in this field. Over 10,000 people have registered to date.

The new competition is aimed at secondary school pupils in Year 9 (aged 13) and upwards. Students will learn to break coded messages specially designed by industry experts and challenge other schools as part of a national virtual tournament. The best will take part in a 'face-to-face' grand finale against other schools next spring. A lesson plan for all registered schools will equip students with skills to participate. All the materials are free. Competition registration closes on 15th November 2013.

More information on the Cyber Security Challenge is available at