Talking to children about the terror attack in London
Cheltenham: GCHQ Competition To Find Cyber Security Talent
GCHQ is looking for people to protect a fictitious aerospace technology company threatened by imminent attack from cyber terrorists.
Assignment: Astute Explorer is the latest game from the Cyber Security Challenge UK, who run a series of national competitions aimed at attracting talented people into the profession and informing them about cyber security careers.
It gives people a chance to act like a GCHQ operative, using their cyber security skills to investigate and fix the vulnerabilities of a global defence company ahead of a forewarned cyber-attack.
"GCHQ, as the UK's National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, is pleased to have been able to develop an original game for the Cyber Security Challenge," says Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for the National Technical Authority for IA.
"We have designed Astute Explorer to really test candidates' cyber security skills. At GCHQ, like many other high tech organisations, we recognise the need for a skilled workforce which is why we are delighted to once again support the Cyber Security Challenge to inspire the next generation of cyber security talent."
Those who register will be competing to book their place at the Challenge's first in a series of reconnaissance meet-ups as part of Operation: Flag Day. Here the most impressive candidates from its virtual assignments will be asked to report for duty in person at secret locations around the UK to carry out investigations face-to-face in teams.
As well as uncovering vital clues on the objectives and identities of the Flag Day Associates, these will determine the final line up of online defenders to take on the cyber terrorist group at the Masterclass final next year.
"Astute Explorer is an ingenious game from GCHQ which will not only provide an enjoyable challenge but will test skills that are in high demand by employers in this sector," says Stephanie Daman, CEO of the Cyber Security Challenge.
"I would encourage anyone with an interest in how IT systems and the information they hold can be protected to sign up and give it a go."
Find out more here
More local news ...
Lee McClatchley killed Tony Swift in October 2015 and stole his cannabis.
Dyson has announced plans to start work on a second technology campus near its global headquarters in Malmesbury.
A man has been jailed for shooting toddler Harry Studley in Bristol last summer.
Recently Played Tracks
Now playing: Non-stop hit music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart.
Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.