NCA public 'gaming' to increase cyber crime awareness

News by Ava Fedorov

The Cyber Security Challenge UK, a series of online and face-to-face cyber battles developed by the NCA to engage and educate the public in cyber security, aims to uncover amateur security talent.

This weekend Assignment: Opening Lines, the first competition of the programme, introduces a fictitious enemy in a storyline that will unfold for participants and culminate at the 2015 Masterclass next March. Candidates will be briefed on a cyber attack situation and asked to provide analysis and report back to the officers at the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit.

"The aim of the Opening Lines is to test the skills required to investigate cyber crime and the individuals or groups responsible for it,” said The NCA's Adam Kramer, who developed the challenge, in an e-mail to “Whether it's the creation and spread of malicious software, or attempting to steal banking details, those charged with investigating cyber crime need to have the technical ability, knowledge and understanding to defend the UK and its citizens from cyber related attacks.”

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