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Northrop Grumman courts British kids for cyber warfare training

Global defense contractor Northrop Grumman has partnered with the British government to promote cyber defense as a career option among young people

By Tamlin Magee from Aug 11, 2014 @ 17:38 CDT

Warplane manufacturer Northrop Grumman is offering British children the chance to learn cyber defence skills in UK schools, targeting those between 12- to 18 years old.

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Northrap Grumman's program is dubbed CyberCenturion, and it will cater to any young person who wants to learn more about cyber security, including in the international arena. It's feared that there will be a skills gap if nothing is done to train young people in science and engineering, which the programme aims to address. It comes as part of the British government's Cyber Security Challenge UK, which seeks to promote cyber security particularly among young people through a series of competitions.

Those who do particularly well at certain competitions, such as checking virtual machines for vulnerabilities, could be offered an internship placement with Northrop Grumman. "The CyberCenturion competition will provide a way for young people interested in the world of cyber security to understand the cyber challenges of today, test their cyber defense skills and inspire them in their choice of career," the company's chief exec, Andrew Tyler, said.

NEWS SOURCES:Telegraph.co.uk


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