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UK hunts for new cyber security experts

Cyber Security Challenge uses games to test skills

A new scheme in the UK aims to find the next wave of British computer security experts in a bid to tackle cybercrime.

The Cyber Security Challenge (CSC), which is based on a similar scheme already running in the US, is backed by a number of organisations including the Metropolitan Police and the Institute of Information Security Professionals.

Entrants will be required to solve online games and challenges using eight key skills such as programming, digital forensics, network analysis and logical thinking.

A Cyber Security Challenge is already running in the US

"We are increasingly dependent on networks and computer systems. The whole digital economy and society is structured around them," Judy Baker, director of the Cyber Security Challenge, told the BBC.

Baker said those that show the most aptitude in the games will go through to a second stage, which is likely to include practical texts.

Those that excel in these tests will be receive mentoring, training and scholarships to hone their skills.

"There's a real need for people with these skills and they can give great value back to the nation as a whole," Baker said highlighting that many firms have failing to recruit enough skilled member of staff to deal with computer security issues.

Cyber Security Challenge is expected to start this autumn and is open to those aged 16 and over.

See also: Govt invests £4.3m to tackle internet fraud


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