The hunt for the best cyber security talent in Europe begins

Cyber Security Challenge UK is searching for the best amateur cyber-talent to represent the UK in the European Cyber-Security Challenge in Germany in October later this year.

Contestants in the 2015 Cyber-Security Challenge
Contestants in the 2015 Cyber-Security Challenge

The hunt is on for the UK's best cyber-talent to represent the country in the European Cyber-Security Challenge 2016 competition later this year.

Cyber-Security Challenge UK is looking for 10 candidates; aged 15 to 29, that have an outstanding aptitude for codebreaking, social engineering and digital forensics to compete against the best amateur talent that Europe has to offer.

Once the team has been chosen, they will go through bootcamp training and tutorials, supported by some of the biggest players in the cyber-security industry. This will not only prepare them for the competition, but open the door to potential careers in the ever more lucrative cyber-security industry.

Those who make it through to the European competition will be given access to key industry players to discuss opportunities for apprenticeships and jobs in industry.

This year's competition will take place in Germany in October, bringing together teams from countries including Germany, Spain, Romania, Austria and Switzerland.

It will take place over five days and will task competitors with deciphering complex codes, analysing computer networks and conducting a full investigation into security scenarios that are similar to those organisations face on a day-to-day basis.

Last year was the first time the UK took part in the competition and while the team put on a good show, they didn't manage to grab the top spot. This year, the Challenge is appealing to anyone in the UK that thinks they might have the right skills, to step forward and sign up for the competition and help lead the UK to victory.

The European Cyber-Security Challenge has been developed in response to the growing popularity of cyber-security challenges across the continent.

The 2015 (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study produced by Frost and Sullivan last year predicted a shortfall of 1.5 million in the global security workforce in five years, a global increase of 195,000 (six percent) information security professionals in the next year and greatly increased expenditures in training and education.

Dr Bob Nowill, the Chairman of The Cyber-Security Challenge UK Ltd told “The Cyber-Security Challenge is a not-for-profit organisation funded by government and by sponsors. We work at scale and encourage people who may never have thought of cyber-security as a career choice to do so, through competitions, our gaming platform and other opportunities. We work with all age groups from secondary school age upwards through Further and Higher Education, Universities, apprenticeship, and mid-career changers. We also work closely with others on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) agenda for education, and on diversity by encouraging more women into the profession through our competitions and other activities too.”

To be in with the chance of representing the UK this year, those interested will need to sign up to the Cyber-Security Challenge's play-on-demand platform and complete virtual games and competitions to test their skills. Candidates will be selected in August 2016.

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