Chemist Stephen Miller named as the 2013 winner of the Cyber Security Challenge
Chemist Stephen Miller named as the 2013 winner of the Cyber Security Challenge

The fourth Cyber Security Challenge is to introduce its first education programme, as well as bursaries from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Following the announcement of Stephen Miller as the third champion, the challenge is introducing a number of new initiatives and competitions for its fourth year. These will include more competitions, with the largest and most varied yet, which are set to cover mobile forensics, incident response, malware identification and software vulnerabilities.

There will also be the challenge's first dedicated education programme that will include competitions designed specifically for school pupils through to regional cyber camps delivered in partnership with local universities. The IET is to offer full masters course bursaries in cyber security at three renowned UK universities for next year's candidates.

Also launched is the Cyber Security Challenge app, which is available on iOS and Android. The app will provide regular competitions, news on the challenge and a simple access point to clear guidance on cyber security careers. It has been launched with a brand new cipher from PwC, which is available through the app and ready to play right now.

Finally, a dedicated alumni programme for past candidates who wish to mentor new competitors, as well opportunities to design their own competition or games, has also been launched.

Judy Baker, founder of the Cyber Security Challenge UK, said: “The schools programme is about expanding our already excellent candidate-base by attracting competitors from across the learning timeline. We aim to provide them with resources and touch-points where they can develop their skills and learn about the profession as they start to think about career options.

“We will also have a presence at universities to help undergraduate and postgraduates hone their skills and make that first step into the working world by providing a platform for them to demonstrate their talent in front of the UK's leading employers.

“Building cyber skills for the UK is one of the four main objectives of the UK government's National Cyber Security Strategy. This expansion of the challenge's reach, coupled with our ever-evolving competitions programme and growing prize pot means that the challenge will continue to play a vital role in achieving this ambition.”