The cyber security skills gap facing the UK is so severe that it could take as long as 20 years to correct – and could cost the country as much £27 billion each year in the meantime, according to a recent National Audit Office report.
UK business are keen to address that problem by supporting training for would-be cyber security experts. One of the avenues for building interest in security careers – and the skills to match – is Cyber Security Challenge UK. The event, now in its fourth year, consists of a series of four-day camps held throughout England and Scotland. At these camps, participants tackle a series of increasingly challenging security puzzles that highlight different skills needed to succeed in the fast-paced world of cyber security. Pretend shipping disasters, court cases and bank websites were just some of the focal points of the diverse set of challenges covered at the event.
The skills that go into making a great cyber security professional, are wide and varied, from technical, process and “soft” skills, but, perhaps the most valuable is the ability to look at the problem like the attacker, and see how your work can be “undone.”
After four days of competition, 8 finalists were named: Adam Tonks, Robert Laverick, Matt Watkins, Stephen Martin, Darren Brooke, Brendan Saunders, Adele Rattenbury and Andrew Gill. But of course, winning isn’t the point of this educational event. The goal is foster interested in an important field and help people realise that they may have the potential to compete in this fast paced space.
Cyber security is an eco-system problem; it will never be “solved” it can only ever be improved, by improving the quality and diversity of the people who work in it, Microsoft supports the Cybersecurity Challenge because it brings new, enthusiastic people into the field of Cyber Security improving the Eco-System as a whole.
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