Steve McCabe MP encourages local secondary school pupils to take part in nationwide Cyber Security Challenge

Steve McCabe MP is encouraging local secondary school pupils to take part in a nationwide Cyber Security Challenge which is aimed at pupils in Year 9 to get involved in this exciting new initiative.

The Cyber Security Challenge aims to recruit talented young people to protect UK interests from ever increasing cyber threats. As part of the challenge, pupils take part in Cyber Security ‘Battles’ which pit participants against each other to find the brightest and most skilled in this field. Students will learn to break coded messages which are specially designed by industry experts and will challenge other schools as part of the national virtual tournament. The best will take part in a ‘face-to-face’ grand finale against other schools next spring. A lesson plan for all registered schools will equip students with the skills to participate and all of the materials provided are free.

400 schools have signed up to the Cyber Security Challenge so far, registration closes on 15 November 2013. To register contact or to find out more information about the challenge, please visit:

Steve McCabe MP said:

“This is a great opportunity to increase our young people’s awareness of cyber security and would be a great experience considering our increasing reliance on IT technologies. I would encourage Year 9 pupils in my constituency to sign up to the challenge to develop their cyber skills and compete with the best.”

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