Intelligence agency GCHQ are running a competition as part of Cyber Security Challenge UK which aims to combat a skills shortage in the cyber security profession.

The competition asks amateur security fanatics to help protect a simulated government IT system from a range of simulated cyber attacks.

Titled ‘Balancing the Defence’, the competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 who is not actively working in cyber security. The competition launched this week and runs through to the first week of October.

Those that do well in this stage will move on to the next part of the Cyber Security Challenge UK. This pits players against each other in a face to face situation, and asks them to protect a racing car team’s intellectual property.

To get involved in the competition go to Cyber Security Challenge UK to register.

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