Cyber Security Challenge, 13-15 March 2014
News article - 18 Mar 2014
The final of the Cyber Security Challenge was the culmination of a year of events and saw the 42 qualifying candidates put through their paces against a fast moving scenario which sought to test their technical skills and more. The venue, the Churchill War Rooms, an underground bunker in central London, provided an atmospheric backdrop for the competition with war sirens howling and red lights flashing as candidates received new information to help them investigate the cyber incident that was unfolding.
GCHQ's experts contributed to the event by giving a technical steer to the scenario the candidates faced. GCHQ itself is a high tech organisation and currently has a skilled workforce. However, as part of our efforts under the National Cyber Security Strategy, we recognise the need to bring on the next generation of cyber security talent to help the UK cope with the ever evolving challenges in this field.
A previous finalist of the Cyber Security Challenge spoke at the launch event. The Challenge helped him go on to a full time career in cyber security starting with a summer placement at GCHQ. Reflecting on his experience, he said: "It was very eye opening. It's an incredibly exciting place to work full of great people. It's amazing to know your work is of national importance".
The event finished up on Saturday evening with an awards ceremony where our Director General for Government and Industry Cyber Security, Ciaran Martin, congratulated the candidates in his speech. We wish those who took part all the best with their future careers in the exciting world of cyber security.
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