The day was organised to allow students to compete in six different activities. The activity providers, BT, Exa Foundation, Bob’s Business, Krashlabs, BAE Systems and Steph from Cyber Security Challenge UK were all absolutely excellent, engaging, challenging and thought provoking. In between challenges there were inspiring speakers, Tim Ingle, Ben Towers, and Efrene G. Sakaliyan, an FBI agent, who gave us all some insight into their worlds and passed on some great advice
The students were exemplary throughout the day and eagerly took part in the competition. I would like to thank them for coming along to the final on a Saturday in the summer holidays! I hope you enjoyed the competitions and the final and maybe a few of you are considering a future career in cyber security or will at least feel more confident to apply good cyber security practices in the future jobs and careers you go into.
Well done to everyone who attended and participated with enthusiasm. All students received a certificate for their participation. In particular, a special congratulations to Michael Steele who was awarded the Judges Award for hard work, commitment, resilience and team work.
A huge thank you to the Yorkshire and Humber ROCU team, West Yorkshire Police, Dave Stanley from Grillatech, and my colleagues at Cyber Security Challenge UK who all worked together with the planning and preparation and delivery of the final.
The Matrix Challenge website is still live and has a number of initiatives and programmes for the participants to ‘do next’.
There will be a careers fair event in early 2019, where students can come along and learn about all of the local, national and international organisations out there who are all keen to find talented young people.