London school scoops 1st and 2nd place at CyberCenturion National Finals

Posted — 28.04.2017

This year’s CyberCenturion winners are from St Paul’s School, from Barnes in London. The school’s two teams scooped both first and second place, with Team B winning the competition and Team A finishing second. The day-long cyber defence competition was led by global security company Northrop Grumman and Cabinet Office-backed Cyber Security Challenge UK. The National Finals follow months of gruelling online qualifiers between over a hundred teams from across the UK and Overseas Territories.

The candidates were tasked with defending a start-up drone-based food delivery service – named ‘Always Food Available’ – using their evolving cyber security skills to identify vulnerabilities in the company’s network and systems, repair the vital issues and maintain the company’s services, while fending off adversaries.

“Congratulations to our winning team, they came out victorious after a day of intense competition. The next CyberCenturion is now open for registration and we would like to encourage more young people to consider taking part,” said Nigel Harrison, acting COO and co-founder of Cyber Security Challenge UK. With an increasing number of processes and jobs becoming digitally-focused, it is vital that we find workers to protect our connected world; from intelligence officers supporting the government’s hunt for criminals, to network engineers protecting the launch systems of spacecraft.”

The winning team received 16 Pi-top CEED kits for their school to help further promote STEM and cyber careers in the school and to provide them with a competitive edge for their future careers.

“The enthusiasm of the participants and the high standards among the teams in the finals has been impressive to see. We congratulate all of the finalists on their accomplishments, wish them success and look forward to the positive impact they can make in addressing the global security challenges of the future,” said Andrew Tyler, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Europe. “There is a severe shortage of diverse young people entering careers in STEM subjects, and it is up to industry leaders like Northrop Grumman to help rectify this situation. Through CyberCenturion we are helping to inspire and build a diverse workforce to address this global imperative.”

Registration for the next CyberCenturion competition is now open, click here to register or to find out more.