A cyber security 'boot camp' aimed at training up amateur security analysts to improve the UK's future cyber defence will be held for the first time next month.
Set up by Cyber Security Challenge UK - an organisation aiming to propel young people into the industry - the five-day event will train up 30 young professionals aged under 25 through a series of exercises developed by experts in the field.
Those experts will come from organisations such as the Metropolitan Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU), Raytheon, QinetiQ, HP and KPMG that are also sponsoring the event, which will take place at Lancaster University between 5-9 September.
In an attempt to train a future army of cyber warriors, the camp will run cyber-themed activities such as a Digital Forensics session, where a reconstructed crime scene will teach them about bagging, tagging and the "confiscation of technology".
An Informed Defence training session will also take place, briefing candidates on patching and securing networks and threat analysis.
Cyber Security Challenge UK said that those attending have been specially selected from several hundred participants who showed potential during a first round of competitions back in April.
The firm believes the camp will not only help establish the UK as "a world leader in cyber security innovation", but will also act as a prototype for "a network of regional camps" that it is looking to roll out across the UK.
It is hoped that the camps would then help universities and local businesses engage young people in cyber security. Interest in improving cyber security is hardly surprising, considering the slew of high-profile hacking attacks in recent years.
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