Next generation of cybersecurity professionals compete in national CyberCenturion final

March 5, 2020
Cyber Security Challenge UK, CyberCenturion is a sister program to the U.S. CyberPatriot competition

Northrop Grumman welcomed 60 young finalists to compete for the title of this year’s UK national CyberCenturion VI champions. In partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK, CyberCenturion is a sister program to the U.S. CyberPatriot competition. It is funded by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and supported by the U.S. Air Force Association.

Two thousand students registered for CyberCenturion VI and teams completed a series of real-life cyber defense tasks in qualifying rounds that began in September 2019. The competition sought to develop technical abilities as well as professional skills such as teamwork, problem solving, communication and perseverance.

"Thanks to competitions like CyberCenturion, the next generation is learning skills for the future and being inspired to pursue rewarding careers in cybersecurity," said Nick Chaffey, chief executive, Northrop Grumman UK and Europe. "Northrop Grumman’s full involvement in this global STEM education programme across the world helps to build the pipeline of future cyber talent. It is an unrivalled opportunity for young people to learn key cyber skills and engage with industry and cyber professionals."

Teams competed in two age groups, 12–15 and 15–18 years old, and four categories: all female, all male, mixed and cadet. Top scoring teams from each group and the overall standout top scorers were invited to the live final.

"We’ve now run the competition in the UK for six years, growing from just 50 players in our first year to around 2,000 registrations for CyberCenturion VI," said Robert Nowill, chairman, Cyber Security Challenge UK. “Through initiatives like CyberCenturion, we’ve introduced more than 8,000 young people to the challenges and rewards of cybersecurity, broadening the reach of the industry and opening it up to those who may not otherwise be exposed to such valuable extracurricular experiences.”

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