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Now in its sixth year, the Cyber Security Challenge UK incorporates a range of competitions, including a schools specific programme, and is backed by over 50 sponsors from across government, industry and academia. With sponsor support the Challenge has handed out hundreds of thousands of pounds of career-enabling prizes to the UK’s leading amateur cyber defenders.

BAE Systems recruits hundreds of graduates a year for careers across its business, ranging from heavy engineering to aerospace and cyber security. In 2014, over a third of its graduate intake - around 120 out of 287 - joined BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, to help companies and organisations protect themselves and their customers from fraud, cyber attack and digital criminality.
This reflects a wider demand within the UK for cyber security skills. According to UK government figures, the UK cyber security sector is worth over £6 billion and employs 40,000 people. In addition to national demands, the cyber export market grew from £850 million to over £1 billion during 2013, and is expected to reach £2 billion by 2016.

Kevin Taylor, Managing Director, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, said:

“The Cyber Security Challenge UK is fundamental to the creation of both a strong cyber security industry and a strong UK cyber defence. The global rise in digital criminality requires all cyber security organisations to recruit the best and brightest to protect governments, organisations and businesses from attack. We’ve seen incredible growth in our cyber security business over the last few years – reflected by our significant graduate recruitment. We are looking forward to supporting and furthering the efforts of this initiative.”

Stephanie Daman, Chief Executive Officer, Cyber Security Challenge UK, said:

“As one of the best-known names in the UK defence industry, and one of the largest cyber security providers, we are extremely happy to welcome BAE Systems Applied Intelligence as a sponsor and contributor to the Challenge. BAE Systems Applied Intelligence is a significant recruiter of talent in the UK and abroad, and offers excellent prospects to those looking for a career in this exciting and demanding field.”


For further details please contact:
Natasha Davies, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Tel: +44 (0)208 834 3435

Julia Clarke, Bite Communications
Tel: +44 (0)208 834 3435

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About BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence is a business division of BAE Systems that delivers solutions that help clients to protect and enhance their critical assets in the intelligence age. Our intelligent protection solutions combine large-scale data exploitation, ‘intelligence-grade’ security and complex services and solutions integration. We operate in four key domains of expertise: cyber security, financial crime, communications intelligence and digital transformation.

Leading enterprises and government departments use our solutions to protect and enhance their physical infrastructure, mission-critical systems, valuable intellectual property, corporate information, reputation and customer relationships, competitive advantage and financial success.

For further information about BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, please visit

About Cyber Security Challenge UK

With the backing of founding sponsors like the SANS Institute, the Challenge started out in 2010 to create a series of virtual and face-to-face competitions that would identify talented people for the cyber security industry. Now entering its 6th year the Challenge is backed by over 50 of the UK’s most prestigious public, private and academic organisations, and hosts a wide programme of activities designed to spread the word about why cyber security is such a fulfilling and varied career and help talented people get their first cyber security jobs. Working from school level right through to helping career changers making the transition across, the Challenge is making a notable difference to the career prospects of those with the talents and aptitude to become cyber security professionals.

For further details please contact:
Amita Hanspal, Proof Communication
Tel: +44 (0)208 816 8002
Mobile: +44 (0)792 686 2072

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