Cyber Exposure Summer School Class of 2016 graduates with honours!
News article - 19 Aug 2016
The GCHQ Cyber Exposure Summer School Class of 2016 graduates today after a summer spent living and learning in the world of intelligence.
The six-week course took place in Scarborough, Greater Manchester and SW London, expanding from last year’s successful Northern Exposure event in Scarborough.
Ninety-five students took part, and a third of the intake was female, a significant achievement in a field which has traditionally been dominated by men.
The course curriculum covered areas such as computer networking, operating systems, information security, vulnerability assessments, programming and scripting. As well as online and classroom-based learning, the students also took part in practical exercises and scenarios.
The aim of the summer school was for students to come away with a strong understanding of cyber security, as well as GCHQ’s role in keeping Britain safe from cyber attack.
During the course students had the opportunity to visit Bletchley Park, where the technical brilliance of codebreakers such as Alan Turing and Joan Clarke helped shorten World War II, and also met their modern-day successors at GCHQ’s Cheltenham headquarters.
The students, some of whom have just received their A-level results, were encouraged to think about a career in cyber security, and many will be offered the opportunity to apply for future schemes or even permanent employment at GCHQ.
One of the students said: "I can’t believe that we were able to learn and do so much. I don’t want it to end!"
A cyber summer school tutor paid tribute to the Class of 2016, saying: "They have been a pleasure to teach and were motivated to learn a lot in a short amount of time."
Keep an eye on our Careers website www.gchq-careers.co.uk for information about the 2017 GCHQ Cyber Summer Schools.