A team of four Bournemouth University (BU) students has been selected to compete in this year’s national Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. The challenge is designed to identify and foster the next generation of policy and strategy leaders for the cyber security challenges of the future.
Over two days in February, teams from universities across the country will take on the role of senior advisors to government and industry dealing with a complex escalating cyber-attack with national and international ramifications across government and industry. Teams first need to asses and understand the technical and strategic implications of the scenario, analyzing the threats and risks, before proposing effective mitigating policies and strategies to panels of cyber security expert judges.
The team from BU consists of Duncan Ki-Aries, a Cyber Security PhD student and Ashley Kenway, Flynn Ackworth and Oscar Needham, all BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Management students.
Ahead of the competition on 11 and 12 February, Duncan said: “I’m delighted that the team and I have been selected to take part in Cyber 9/12 – teams are chosen based on the quality of their entry so we’re really proud to be taking part. I’m excited to find out what the senario will be and to get started with this challenge.”
Edward Apeh, Principal Academic in Computing, said: “Cyber 9/12 is an exciting competition that will give the students valuable experience of dealing with complex cyber-attacks and crucially, of explaining to senior decision makers, who may not be technical experts, what they need to know and do. I’m proud of the team for being invited to take part in such a pertinent competition and I look forward to hearing how they get on. Good luck.”