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GCHQ, BT and Lockheed go talent spotting as UK faces cyber skills shortage

Sam Shead | March 18, 2014
GCHQ and firms such as Lockheed Martin and BT attempted to identify Britain's most talented "cyber defenders" last week in order to ensure the UK's citizens and businesses are protected against future cyber attacks.

Will Shackleton, the finalist who went on to be crowned the competition winner on Saturday evening, told Techworld: "I think lots of people are here in the hope they'll get a job at the end of it. It's certainly a very good opportunity."

Shackleton, a first-year computer science student at Cambridge University and the creator of an Android app that has received over 2.5 million downloads, will be interning at Facebook, in California, this summer, where he hopes to work on the back end or security side of the social media platform.

By winning the event, Shackleton will now receive up to £90,000 in funding for industry training, university courses, and access to strategic industry events.

Government figures show cyber crime is a big problem, with 93 percent of large businesses and 87 percent of smaller ones having reported a cyber breach in the past year.

Last Thursday, the government announced plans to teach children as young as 11 about careers in cyber security, while providing them with new learning materials.


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