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20 July, 2017 - 14:05 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge to host transatlantic cyber security competition

Frank Stajano

A major cyber security challenge, aimed at educating and inspiring the next generation of cyber defenders from across the UK and US, will be held at the University of Cambridge from July 24-26.

The Cambridge2Cambridge cyber security competition, backed by government and industry, is the brainchild of the University of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US and will see talented pupils pitted against each other in a three-day showdown.

In total, 110 pupils from 25 universities from the UK and US will form mixed transatlantic teams and battle against a fictional rogue state in the life-like cyber security competition backed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Cabinet Office.

The annual event is now in its second year with prize money up for grabs for the winners. It will be held at Trinity College.

With major cyber-attacks on the increase, according to the NCSC, the need for cyber security experts is more important now than ever before.

Professor Frank Stajano, head of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research at Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory and the co-founder of Cambridge2Cambridge, said the competition had been designed to promote greater cyber security collaboration between the UK and US – and to give students the platform to explore creative ways to combat global cyber-attacks.

“The aim of the competition is also to bring together different individuals in a fun and inclusive environment, where they can apply their cyber security abilities in a collaborative and competitive setting, allowing students to implement the skills they have been taught, while learning new ones in the process,” he said.

It also gives budding cyber enthusiasts the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, and learn more about careers in the sector by introducing them to key players in the industry and government.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Frank Stajano, Cambridge Computer Laboratory

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