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Cyber Security Challenge UK

What is Cyber Security?
Cyber security is a branch of computer technology known as information security which is applied to computers and networks. The objective of cyber security includes protection of information and property from theft, corruption, or natural disaster, while allowing the information and property to remain accessible and productive to its intended users.

Where do cyber security professionals work?
Cyber security is important to a range of organisations in order to protect the work they do, including personal details of customers and ideas for new products. Companies such as PwC, Cassidian, HP, BT and GCHQ, the UK Government Communications Headquarters and many more understand the importance of encouraging more people into cyber security careers.

What skills do you need to work in cyber security?
People working in cyber security use a broad range of skills every day in order to protect online networks. Some of the skills include team work, the ability to make decisions under pressure and communicating risks to people around you.

Cyber Security Challenge UK

Would you like to take part in exciting and fast-paced competitions to test your cyber defence skills and discover a world of new career opportunities?

 What is Cyber Security Challenge UK? 
Cyber Security Challenge UK runs a series of exciting national competitions aimed at raising awareness of cyber security careers and encouraging more talented people to join the profession. The Challenge is sponsored by some of the UK’s leading security and government organisations and prizes include over £100,000 worth of educational prizes including paid internships and training courses.

Can I get involved?
Anyone aged 16+ living in the UK can register to take part in the competitions, which are designed for individuals with some knowledge of online networks, but with no professional experience in cyber security.

Each competition is designed by experts working for these sponsors and face-to-face competition finals are often held at their headquarters. Challenge competitions are designed to test technical and practical skills used in real-life cyber security jobs, to give the best idea of what these careers are like.

Find out more

Cyber Security Challenge UK is not only focused on running competitions – organisers have created an online careers hub to provide information for students interested in learning opportunities or careers in cyber security.
Visit the ‘Careers and Courses’ portal at to watch videos of experts working in cyber security and discover answers to questions on careers and courses.