DMU supports UK's biggest cyber security challenge to date


De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is helping to deliver the most advanced Cyber Security Challenge UK Masterclass final, after an invitation to join this year’s consortium.


Joining cyber security experts from BT, Airbus, NCA, Bank of England, Cisco, Checkpoint, Darktrace and 4PumpCourt, DMU’s Cyber Technology Institute (CTI) is contributing its research expertise in cyber defence and its technical capacity to support the challenge, which it recently showcased by hosting a week-long exercise for the Armed Forces.

Taking place in London between 12-14 November, the Masterclass final is the culmination of a year’s worth of nationwide competitions designed to discover new talent for the cyber security industry and address a skills shortage affecting government, businesses and the public.

Dozens of the UK’s top cyber enthusiasts will be tested on their capabilities to deal with cyber-attacks, with challenges designed to evaluate their technical, business and soft skills.

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Professor Helge Janicke, DMU Director of the CTI and Head of the School of Computer Science and Informatics, said: “The CTI’s involvement in the Masterclass final is an excellent opportunity to showcase our cyber security expertise.

“We were delighted to be invited to be part of the consortium, as it underlines our ethos of academia and industry working together to provide the full benefits to all of a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.

“Even though the exact details of the Masterclass are still a closely-guarded secret, it is certain that this year’s final will be the most advanced competition ever.

“As a sponsor of Cyber Security Challenge UK, we are committed to nurturing future talent for the cyber security industry.”


Highly experienced professionals from government, public and private organisations across the country will judge the contestants and a winner will be crowned Cyber Security Challenge UK Champion.

Finalists will be rewarded with thousands of pounds worth of career-enabling prizes, including training courses, technological equipment and a fully paid-for place to study Cyber Security MSc at DMU.

Cyber Security Challenge UK has partnered with DMU on a number of initiatives this year, including #DMUCyberWeek in May, an annual event promoting careers in cyber security.

The organisation will be returning to DMU in the new year to deliver its new Capture-the-Flag Challenges, a series of events testing the knowledge and improving the skills of DMU and other local university students.

The CTI works with a number of high-profile sponsors and partners to deliver training, research and consultancy services in the field of cyber security, software engineering and digital forensics.

Supported and endorsed by an Industrial Advisory Group – made up of Airbus, BT, Deloitte and Rolls Royce – the CTI’s courses are up-to-date with the latest cyber security challenges faced by industry, ensuring that its students and graduates have the core skills to meet the demands of employers.

Posted on Friday 10th November 2017

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