BAE Systems put Britain’s cyber talent to the test in national competition
This past weekend, BAE Systems, Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGCC) and Cyber Security Challenge UK hosted a unique national cyber forensics competition. The simulated investigation replicated some of the emerging threats around smartphones and tablets, which are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber attack.
Hosted at BAE Systems’ London office, the day saw candidates take on the roles of Government contractors investigating a mock high profile attack on a fictional secure payment app website. Competitors were selected following a series of national online qualifying rounds and the event staged a real working environment to test individual aptitude and performance.
The competitors were closely monitored by a team of assessors from BAE Systems, HMGCC and a range of top cyber security organisations, who judged the candidates against varied criteria to see if they demonstrate the skills required to join their organisations. Those who perform well will now be invited to fast track technical interview stages with the host companies, increasing their chances of employment following the competition.
Chris Clinton, Cyber Security Consultant at BAE Systems, said:
“Training, real-life experience, education are just a few of the tools needed to develop and prepare future cyber security professionals and we are proud to be able to offer all of these through our partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK.
“Working on programmes like Cyber Security Challenge offers a great opportunity to find the best and brightest new talent in cyber, helping keep both businesses and the country safe from the digital threats that we face every day. Working with HMGCC we have designed a scenario that pushed our contestants to the limits and tested all their abilities, helping them develop into the future cyber experts that the country needs.”
Stephanie Daman, CEO at Cyber Security Challenge UK said:
The calibre of jobs on offer within cyber security is astounding, and with so many diverse roles available there is a chance for people to thrive and become hugely successful within the industry. These competitions throw competitors in the deep end and allow them to immerse themselves in the world of cyber security, allowing them to demonstrate their skills to potential employers and take the first steps towards becoming cyber security experts. Cyber threats continue to increase, and with a widening skills gap affecting businesses’ ability to hire staff, events like these provide the perfect opportunity for new talent to emerge and for businesses to see them in action.”
The winning team was the Red Team, which consisted of Andy Snowball, Lisa and James Benson. The top three highest scoring contestants out of the top ten who have qualified for the Masterclass final were Lisa, Michael Carr and Chris Bailey.
This event was the latest in the 2016 series of competitions for the Cabinet Office backed Cyber Security Challenge UK, which aims to unearth the country’s cyber prodigies. The top performers in this competition have progressed to the Masterclass final in November, which pitches the top 42 candidates from previous competitions against each other to become the ultimate Cyber Security Challenge UK champion.
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We employ a skilled workforce of 82,500 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, our products and services deliver military capability, protect people and national security, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.
At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, we help nations, governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against cybercrime, reduce their risk in the connected world, comply with regulation, and transform their operations.
We do this using our unique set of solutions, systems, experience and processes - often collecting and analysing huge volumes of data. These, combined with our Cyber Special forces - some of the most skilled people in the world, enable us to defend against cyber-attacks, fraud and financial crime, enable intelligence-led policing and solve complex data problems.
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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.
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