School children to be offered cyber security training

The Telegraph is reporting that a new cyber security training programme hopes to encourage more young people towards careers in STEM subjects..

Teenagers in the UK are being offered the opportunity to learn cyber defence skills from Northrop Grumman, manufacturer of the USAF’s B-2 Stealth Bomber…

The defence giant is partnering with the government-backed Cyber Security Challenge UK to engage thousands of 12- to 18-year-old Army cadets, scout groups, schools and colleges across Britain in national team-based cyber security competitions.

The programme, called CyberCenturion, will allow anyone interested in the world of cyber security to get their first real experience of the scenarios and challenges existing professionals have to undertake on a daily basis.

The aim is to tackle Britain’s huge cybersecurity skills shortage by inspiring young people towards careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as cyber security.

“Northrop Grumman’s education programme is the perfect fit for those individuals that have already been bitten by the cyber bug but have yet to find a way to apply their knowledge to real cyber security challenges,” says Stephanie Daman, CEO of Cyber Security Challenge UK.

“The fact that this is a team competition is particularly exciting as it opens up the possibility of new types of candidates coming forward to play. You can imagine everyone from local scout groups to computer clubs building teams for this type of competition.”

CyberCenturion is played by teams of between four and six people. Each team must include an adult as the liaison between the organisers and the participants, and the participants must be 18 years or under when the game is played…

The UK team competition begins in October with a practise round, followed by two competition rounds – one later the same month, and one in January 2015. Anyone interested in taking part can register here

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