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“It’s also about making the good work of cyber security professionals much more visible.
Like other initiatives such as NCSC’s Cyber First programme, the interesting experiences of the University students taking part in this year’s event will help to inspire those currently at school to consider a rewarding career in this field.” Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for Skills and Growth at the NCSC, said: “The Inter ACE competition is a fantastic way to encourage bright young minds to hone their cyber knowledge further and meet like minded people.
Competitors will develop and hone penetrative testing skills.
These skills include the binary reverse engineering of malware, breaking into a web application such as an online payment system, decoding secure communications and piecing together intercepted data.
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“Inter-ACE gives future cyber security professionals the opportunity to test their skills against the best and meet others in their field and future employers.
This is about engaging with the next generation of cyber security talent, and raising awareness of this vital, interesting and exciting career choice.
“The cyber threat is growing, and so making sure that young people have the cyber security skills to help protect us has never been more important.
We at the NCSC hope the entrants will be inspired – and can perhaps inspire others – into starting a thrilling career defending the UK and helping make it the safest place to live and work online.” Established through the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy and supported by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, the competition is sponsored by Microsoft, BT, Palo Alto and Context IS.
Up for grabs is £10,000 in cash prizes and the opportunity to compete against the best of the USA in ‘Cambridge2Cambridge’, a transatlantic contest to be held later this year.