GCHQ Launches New Hacking Summer School

Mar 03, 2015

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has launched its ‘Cyber Insiders Summer School’ as it attempts to recruit the “very best” computer scientists.

The ten-week cyber training programme is based in Cheltenham and will run from 6th July-11th September 2015.

The project is aimed at computer science students in their first and second years at university with an interest in cyber beyond that of their university students.

Pupils at the new school, who will already be skilled in at least one computer language, will be given an insight into the latest cyber technologies.

GCHQ’s own experts in cybersecurity will deliver targeted learning with support from guest speakers from some of the world’s leading technology companies.

“The unique Cyber Insiders Summer School offers computer science students a fantastic opportunity to enhance their cyber skills and to discover how GCHQ uses a variety of technologies to protect the UK,” the organisation claimed.

“They’ll not only enhance their cyber knowledge, but completing the programme will look good on their CV and, if they prove their abilities, we may even offer them a job interview,” it added.

Prior Knowledge Required

To qualify for a place at the School, prospective students will need advanced coding skills and the ability to solve a variety of complex problem.

They will also need to prove their ability to work independently, as well as within a team.

Once accepted, students will work with a wide range of technologies, from legacy systems to up-to-date mobile technology.

They are expected to learn new technical skills in cyber security, ethical hacking, penetration testing and security networks, as well as learning about the role GCHQ plays in protecting the UK from cyber threats.

At the end of the course, participants will take part in a “live” exercise that will allow them to put skills learnt into practice.

GCHQ will pay those selected £2500 to attend the programme and provide them with accommodation in Cheltenham.

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