Cyber Security Challenge launched
A schools contest to find Britain's next generation of code breakers has been launched online, challenging pupils to break Government-set tests and set challenges for their competitors.
Children aged 14 to 16 can be registered for the virtual tournament by their teachers, with several rounds of competition set to take place later this year.
The https://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/, now in its fourth year, was established to close a skills gap in the UK related to digital defences.
The announcement of an expansion into schools aims to find key stage four pupils with the potential for a successful career defending Britain from hackers and computer viruses. The winning team will be announced at the British Military Tournament in December.
Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith said: "The schools competition builds on existing Cyber Security Challenge competitions and outreach which has until now been targeted at older students and adults.
"This latest initiative to introduce children in secondary education to cyber security is an excellent way of bringing talent into this area, helping young people to discover why cyber security matters and inspiring them to take up the profession.
"It will enable us to establish a pipeline of talented people to populate the UK cyber security job pool of the future."
Stephanie Daman, CEO, Cyber Security Challenge UK, said: "Securing our most valuable information online is a major priority for the UK as an economy and a society, and requires an increasing flow of new talented young people into cyber security."
The winning team will receive a £1,000 prize for their school.