Sunday 17 December 2017

Crack code competition for GCHQ job

The Government Communication Headquarters is looking for help fighting hackers
The Government Communication Headquarters is looking for help fighting hackers

Computer whizzes could land a job with GCHQ fighting threats from cyberspace after the Government's secret listening post launched an online competition to recruit the most skilled mathematicians, code breakers and hackers.

The Can You Find It? competition is designed to test both experienced and self-taught techies to crack a series of cryptic codes.

A cyber treasure hunt provides a series of clues, leading to a number of different places around the world-wide web which will ultimately unlock the final answer.

The complex codes were created by a GCHQ team of top mathematicians.

The spy bosses said they wanted curious, tenacious and creative candidates who have the intellectual ability, though not necessarily the practical experience or qualifications, to join GCHQ and support the Government's national cyber security agenda.

Winners could be following in the prestigious footsteps of computer pioneer Alan Turing who during the Second World War helped lead the efforts at Bletchley Park to provide vital intelligence for the Allies by deciphering the messages encrypted by the German Enigma machine.

The salary is up to £60,000 and provides the chance to work in partnership with the Security Service (MI5) and Secret intelligence Service (MI6)

GCHQ's head of resourcing, Jane Jones, said: "The 21st century is confronting us with online threats that are difficult and dangerous, so we want employees who have evolved with the ever-changing digital world and therefore have the right skills to combat these challenges.

"It's a puzzle but it's also a serious test - the jobs on offer here are vital to protecting national security."

Press Association

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