Northrop Grumman announced the winners of the 2017 CyberCenturion competition on 27 April. Held in conjunction with the Cyber Security Challenge UK, CyberCenturion is now in its third year, having been inspired by the CyberPatriot programme in the US, created by the Air Force Association and supported by Northrop Grumman Foundation.
Teams from St. Paul’s School in London took first and second places, with King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford taking third position from over 100 competing establishments. The winning team received technology equipment for their school to help promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and cyber careers.
“There is a severe shortage of diverse young people entering careers in STEM subjects, and it is up to industry leaders like Northrop Grumman to help rectify this situation. Through CyberCenturion we are helping to inspire and build a diverse cyber workforce to address this global imperative. We look forward to continuing to grow the competition and to seeing more teams and diversity in next year’s competition,” Andrew Tyler, Chief Executive, Northrop Grumman Europe, explained.
“Diversity is critical in the profession; as the cyber threat becomes more complex, workforce diversity brings different perspectives, academic backgrounds, experience and problem-solving approaches to addressing the challenges,” Diane Miller, Director, Global Cyber Education and Workforce Development Programmes at Northrop Grumman, commented.