University cyber security competition established to bridge skills gap

Published on: 23 Mar 2018

Eighteen of the UK’s leading universities went head-to-head during a recent two-day Inter-ACE cyber security competition set up to help resolve the skills gap in the cyber security sector.

Edinburgh University emerged victorious, claiming the top prize of £6,000, with Southampton University coming second and Imperial College London taking the bronze.

All three universities will now go on to compete with the best of the USA at C2C; ‘Cambridge2Cambridge’, a transatlantic contest jointly organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Cambridge University to be held between June 29th and July 1st at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Professor Frank Stajano of the University of Cambridge, founder of Inter-ACE - which is in its fourth year - said the contest gives future cyber security professionals the opportunity to test their skills against the best and meet others in their field and future employers.

“Protecting IT and infrastructure means understanding how it can be attacked,” he commented.

“This is about engaging with the next generation of cyber security talent and raising awareness of this vital, interesting and exciting career choice."