Now in its sixth year, CyberCenturion was set up to widen the current reach of cyber security and secure the future of the cyber frontier. Sister to long-established US competition CyberPatriot, CyberCenturion aims to inspire young people to pursue STEM subjects in further education, support a critical need for greater diversity in the cyber security industry and reduce the current skills shortage.
● CyberCenturion encourages competitors to demonstrate and develop their technical ability plus a range of soft skills throughout three challenging virtual rounds.
● Competitors will get a taste of real-life cyber security challenges in the context of this year’s theme – Industry 4.0.
● Registration is open to schools, youth groups and individuals.
● In support of core diversity and social mobility objectives, the competition is split into two age groups (12-15 & 15-18 years) and four categories (girls, boys, mixed, cadets).
● Highest scoring teams will battle it out at the 2020 National Finals to compete for the title and the top prize, an all-expenses paid trip to the USA, courtesy of Northrop Grumman.
More than 90 teams have already signed up. Join them and register from 2 September until 9 October 2019 via the brand new CCVI Hub.
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Nick Chaffey, Chief Executive, Northrop Grumman UK & Europe said: “Whether it’s launching a rocket to put a human on the moon or protecting vital national infrastructure and information, cyber security and resiliency is at the heart of those important missions. As a science and technology leader, Northrop Grumman needs a future generation of skilled cyber professionals to be leading the way on developing those capabilities. Global cyber education programmes like CyberCenturion are fantastic initiatives aimed at educating and exciting young people about cyber security, as well as exposing them to the endless possibilities of future careers in this field. We are proud to sponsor this important STEM programme in the UK and create fun, positive, memorable learning experiences for students.”
Dr Robert Nowill, Chairman, Cyber Security Challenge UK said: “CyberCenturion VI represents the sixth successful year of showing the next generation that pursuing a career in cyber really can take you anywhere. In the light of the growing cyber skills shortage, it’s more important than ever to show young people how rewarding, exciting and quite frankly groundbreaking a career in cyber security can be. For us, and for the hundreds who have taken part in the competition to date, CyberCenturion does just that.”
Dominic Surry, Sandbach CCF Squadron Leader and 2019 CyberCenturion Team Leader and finalist added: “Taking part in CyberCenturion is a winning experience regardless of where the teams place in the end. Anyone considering leading a team in this year’s competition should go for it – technical experience is not required but bring your enthusiasm in bucketloads! Boosting our kids’ confidence and ability to perform in a field where there’s so much demand for fresh talent is part of our responsibility as adults, and our efforts pay off as soon as you hear one of your team members describe competing in the National Finals as ‘the best day of his life’. Here’s to CCVI!”
About Northrop Grumman:
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernisation to customers worldwide. Please visit news.northropgrumman.com and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.
Northrop Grumman is a recognised leader in cyber resilience solutions with more than thirty years’ experience in cyber security and information assurance. As a mission partner, Northrop Grumman brings unparalleled expertise in managing and protecting networks, and delivering trusted security solutions to high-risk customers both in the UK and overseas.
The company is committed to building tomorrow’s cyber workforce through advanced cyber education, developing a Cyber Research Consortium with leading UK universities and offering its own Cyber Academy worldwide. Northrop Grumman is a member of CyberFirst and CyberInvest, and leads CyberCenturion, the cyber defence competition for 12-18 year olds.
For more about Northrop Grumman in cyber, go to www.northropgrumman.com/cyber
For information about careers in cyber in the U.K., go to www.northropgrumman.com/careers