CyberCenturion 2017 competition launches with 130 school-age teams

News by Tom Reeve

The third season of the popular CyberCenturion challenge for 12-18 year-olds has kicked off with more than 130 teams from across the UK registered.

This is a nearly threefold increase on the number of teams registered last year and demonstrates the increasing interest that young people are showing in cyber-security, according to Andrew Tyler, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Europe which sponsors the event.

CyberCenturion is the UK version of CyberPatriot, a US national youth cyber education programme created by the Air Force Association. The UK version has been organised in cooperation with the Cyber Security Challenge UK which organises an annual competition for contestants aged 16 and over.

The formal kick-off of the first round of both the CyberCenturion and CyberPatriot competitions was held at the Air Force Association headquarters in Washington DC on Friday 11 November.

Stephanie Daman, CEO Cyber Security Challenge UK said, “It is absolutely critical to reach individuals at such a young age, to inspire them to consider STEM pathways as they move through further education and begin to think about future careers.”

This year's CyberCenturion competition was won by a team from Gibraltar.

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