Northrop Grumman’s CyberCenturion Final at TNMOC

Posted — 17.02.2016

Brightest young UK Cyber Security stars to battle in competition final at Bletchley Park

  • Ten teams of the UK’s finest 12-18-year-old amateur cyber talent selected to battle at CyberCenturion Final
  • Reigning Champions King Edward VI Grammar School team through to final to defend their title
  • Final to take place at historic National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park on 26th April 2016

17th February 2016 – After three gruelling rounds of intense online cyber battles, the ten teams to qualify for the 2016 CyberCenturion National Final competition have been selected. Over the last four months, schools and clubs from across the UK and overseas territories have entered teams of their brightest 12-18 year olds to compete against each other for a place in the final, which will take place on the 26th April 2016, at The National Museum of Computing, (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park.

The CyberCenturion final, hosted by Cyber Security Challenge UK in partnership with Northrop Grumman will see ten teams compete in person to show their cyber skills in front of the world’s top cyber experts. The team that won the 2015 competition, KEGS Sixth, from King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford in Essex is among those that have qualified for this year’s final and will be attempting to defend their title in the ultimate battle of young cyber minds.

The full list of finalists are as follows:

  • G-Sec, Bayside School, Gibraltar
  • Tom & Co, Frome College, Somerset
  • Jake & Co, Frome College, Somerset
  • Matrix Mk IV, King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
  • KEGS Sixth, King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
  • You can’t “C” me, St George’s School Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • REFRESH, Suffolk and Essex
  • OpAmps, King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
  • CADS 2, 3SDL, Malvern
  • St George’s Cybers, St George’s School Edgbaston, Birmingham

CyberCenturion is the UK’s first team-based cyber security contest specifically designed to attract 12-18 year olds. Delivered in a partnership between Cyber Security Challenge UK and Northrop Grumman, the competition aims to engage talented young people with an interest in cyber as a way to address the national skills gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and encourages careers in cyber security.

(ISC)2, the world’s largest association of cyber security professionals, has predicted a shortage of 1.5m skilled workers in the cyber industry by 2020, and Procurre anticipates cyber security careers to command salaries of over £100,000 a year. Encouraging young people into this lucrative sector is critical for the security of our digital economy, and CyberCenturion represents an entry point for young minds that are interested.

The competition mirrors the US CyberPatriot game, part of a major American STEM education programme presented and delivered by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and the non-profit Air Force Association, which has already engaged well over 250,000 children and educated them on the opportunities in cyber security across the US. 80% of those who have taken part now plan to pursue a higher education course in a STEM subject. The Air Force Association also supplies the competition platform for CyberCenturion competition.

“CyberCenturion is addressing a critical skills gap in the UK by inspiring our youth to become tomorrow’s much-needed cyber leaders,” said Diane Miller, director, CyberPatriot Programs, Northrop Grumman. “The competition continues to get more challenging throughout every round, helping participants not only to hone their technical skills, but improve their communication, leadership, and collaboration skills. We congratulate all the competitors and look forward to another exciting National Finals.”

Stephanie Daman, CEO of Cyber Security Challenge UK said: “The participation in this years’ CyberCenturion has been incredible, with dozens of teams from across the country vying for a spot in the finals. Congratulations to those who have qualified; we look forward to seeing the brightest young stars in action at the final.”