Don’t Miss out on the Matrix Challenge!

Take part in Matrix Challenge 2018

Looking at the news on any given day, it’s fair to say that cybersecurity is a frequent concern, whether it’s data breaches, GDPR and data handling, hacking, or another of any number of incidents. In an extremely digitally-engaged society, it’s important for people to have a full grasp of what cybersecurity means (as well as how to actually put it in place) and understanding this has to start at a young age.

Over the last few years, Cyber Security Challenge UK has been one of the leading organisations working to help improve the knowledge of cybersecurity for students and get more people into the industry, by running some fantastic events (including appearances at our #exabytes conferences) and fun challenges for young learners.

Starting off on the 23rd of May, Cyber Security Challenge UK is launching a truly unmissable event for schools around West Yorkshire - Matrix Challenge 2018. Designed to improve awareness of cybercrime for students aged between 11 and 17, Matrix Challenge 2018 is a collaboration between Cyber Security Challenge and the West Yorkshire Police, and is set to be a fantastic opportunity for both schools and students.

What is Matrix Challenge 2018?

Open to all students between 11-17 living or learning across West Yorkshire, Matrix Challenge 2018 is all about exploring the real implications of cybersecurity and crime. Cyber Security Challenge UK have created a Cyber City; a game featuring a virtual world wherein students can explore different sides of cybersecurity, with a range of fun, genuinely useful activities exploring various issues, approaches and challenges based around digital security.

Along with the game, students taking part in Matrix Challenge 2018 are asked to answer one of 6 set questions about the future of cybersecurity, with a large range of options for submissions - written essays, video pieces, or audio recordings, for example.

After the challenge closes on the 29th June, submissions will be marked, with the top 64 students taking part being invited for a Face to Face final challenge. This challenge is set to take place on 18th August, at the Bridge Community Centre in Leeds, and consists of 8 great activities, giving entrants a completely unique opportunity to develop and test their cybersecurity skills - and win some excellent prizes!

As part of Matrix Challenge 2018, Cyber Security Challenge UK also plan to run a completely free cybersecurity roadshow for 10 schools, taking place between the 18th and 22nd of June, and are currently looking to get in touch with local schools interested in hosting the show - read on to find out more!

Applying for the Cyber Roadshow

Designed to give students a more in-depth look at cybersecurity, the Cyber Roadshow lasts half a day, consisting of two fantastic activities:

An introduction to the Cyber City game/ website, giving students a look at the challenge and some information about the goals for the challenge (note: this part of the roadshow requires computer rooms to be booked),

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A scenario-based interactive activity, which will see the Regional Cyber Crime Unit introduce the Computer Misuse Act, what it means, and how it applies to real-world situations.

The roadshow is completely free to book and run for schools across West Yorkshire and will make for a fantastic time for all those taking part. If you’re interested in finding out more about the roadshow, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Cyber Security Challenge UK at schools@cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk. You can also get in touch with us at 0345 145 1234 - we can get in touch with the Challenge team on your behalf.