Cyber Security Challenge launches 'Cyber Camp' for candidates

The Cyber Security Challenge UK has announced its first regional ‘Cyber Camp'.

To be held at Lancaster University this September, the five-day training camp will not only provide the opportunity to learn about cyber security for up to 40 candidates, but will also act as a prototype for a network of regional camps that the challenge is looking to roll out across the UK, helping universities and local businesses engage young people in cyber security.

Selected candidates will face a series of security exercises developed by organisations such as the Metropolitan Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU), Raytheon, QinetiQ, HP and KPMG. Candidates will also receive advice on interview techniques and CV writing in order to improve their chances of landing that first job in information security. 

Activities will include learning about digital forensic analysis of confiscated technology, threat analysis and securing networks and cyber related business topics. In a ‘wider concepts day', candidates will be briefed and challenged on risk analysis, politics and criminology by the team at Lancaster University.

Stephanie Daman, CEO of Cyber Security Challenge UK, said: “The cyber camp concept is something completely new for this year's challenge. It represents a great opportunity for our expert sponsors to work closely with a group of talented young amateurs to develop their skills and show them how exciting and varied the cyber security profession can be.

“We are running this as a proof of concept for a series of annual regional camps across the country, run out of local universities with a speciality in computer science and cyber security to specifically target younger guys and girls with real talent.”

Professor Awais Rashid, co-director of ‘Security Lancaster' and theme lead for cyber security at Lancaster University, said that he sees this collaboration as a fantastic way to develop the cyber security professionals of the future.

“An important aspect of this is the challenge run by Lancaster University to inspire creative and innovative solutions to current cyber security problems and guiding the attendees on how to identify and exploit new business opportunities,” Rashid said.

“We are of the view that it is important to not only help our students to gain jobs, but also provide them with the best opportunities to create them in order to grow the economic wealth of the UK and to establish the UK as a world leader in cyber security innovation and entrepreneurship.”

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