Two teams from the College competed in the 1st round of the Cybercenturion Challenge on Sunday 15 November. 

We had one team from Year 10, Tom Haines, Matt Haines, Dylan Oliver and Adam Kerslake, and another made up primarily of students from Year 13, Jesse Wood, Chalie Sloan, Joe Malley, Jake Malley and Will Tyler. The round lasted a gruelling 6 hours, but at the end, our Year 10 team lay 6th nationally, whilst our Year 13 team were in 13th position. It was very animated as teams were fighting vulnerabilities - and time - to download updates and win a few more vital points. 
 
The Cybercenturion Challenge is designed to test a team's ability to protect a computer system from malware, vulnerabilities and external or internal attacks.

The competition consists of 3 rounds and is played in teams of between 4 and 6 people.  Each round involves downloading a virtual computer full of vulnerabilities that could present opportunities for a cyber-criminal. The teams then have a single 6 hour window in which to ensure the cyber security of the systems that they are tasked with protecting. The competition has several major sponsors, including GCHQ and BT.
 
The next round of the competition will take place on Sunday 6 December, with a further round after Christmas, all culminating in the final, face to face competition to be held at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, in April 2016.

Only the top 8 teams will go through and we really hope that at least one of our teams will get there -  They certainly have the skill and the motivation!

Well done to all of them.

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