Code Club launches local entry of UK-Wide CyberSecurity competition
Following on from the successes of previous entries, Code Club is looking to field more teams than ever for CyberCenturion IX. Teams consist of up to four students in either the junior (12-14), or senior (15-18), division, under the category of all boys, all girls, mixed, and cadets.
CyberCenturion is a national cyber education initiative for 12–18-year-olds, designed to excite, educate, and motivate students to pursue further education and careers in STEM and cybersecurity.
This will be the eighth year that Code Club, a charity providing a focal point for people of all ages to develop technical skills, will be entering the CyberSecurity competition. Having grown from just one team in 2015 to five teams across different divisions in 2021, this year, the club is looking to train not only boys and mixed teams, but also an all-girls team to promote diversity in tech.
The club has enjoyed a number of successes at national finals in the last few years, including placing First and Second in April 2022, competing against over 400 teams across the Isle of Man, Overseas Territories, such as Gibraltar, and the United Kingdom.
Code Club is always encouraging new students to get involved in CyberCenturion, having taken almost 40 students through the contest over the past seven years. All competitors learn something new as part of training, practice and taking part in the competition; they can cover topics such as cybersecurity, operating system fundamentals, networking and much more that they wouldn’t get to learn in school.
Adam Drummond from Code Club, a CyberCenturion veteran, said, “As we launch the competition once again, it is fantastic to see the continued enthusiasm from last year’s teams, and we are hoping that our members who have just reached the age range, as well as anyone else who may be interested, will make this year’s competition even better.”
“Whilst we still don’t have the final details about what the specifics of each round this year will be,” he continued, “we know that everything we do is preparing the competitors for whatever is thrown at them in each round. The aim every week at Code Club is for the students to not only learn something new, but to have fun.”
The club runs weekly sessions to encourage people of all ages to develop digital skills and take part in competitions like this. The opportunity to compete in CyberCenturion IX with Code Club is open to anyone aged 12-18, please contact email@example.com to register interest or drop-in to any Saturday session from 4-6pm at Barclays Eagle Lab in Douglas.
CyberCenturion is a cyber defence competition. It was established by the Air Force Association. The Northrop Grumman Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor for CyberCenturion.