Cyber Security Challenge hunts for codebreaking talent in the classroom

A new codebreaking competition backed by the UK Cabinet Office hopes to encourage 14-16 year olds to create and crack online codes in the hope of winning £1,000 for their school.

The Cyber Security Challenge looks to teach Key Stage 4 pupils across the UK ways of breaking codes created by experts, in order to tackle the decline in UK cyber defences and engage the next generation with working in computer security.

Stephanie Daman, CEO of Cyber Security Challenge UK said: "The long term solution must start at the grassroots and that means helping teachers find new, fun, exciting and accessible ways for younger audiences to discover why cyber security matters and inspire them."

Each participating school will be sent ciphers and codebreaking exercises before being encouraged to create their own, ready to be judged. Over several weeks, they will then be sent to other participating schools to be tackled and cracked for additional points.

At the end of the virtual tournament, the top scoring teams will be invited for a face-to-face battle to win the £1,000 prize for their school.