Smart product development is not limited to civilian components or devices. In fact, defense contractors are building cyber into everything that they design now. That would be everything from cruise missiles to tanks and aircraft carriers. What this means is that there is an ever increasing demand for cyber engineers and that all engineers are going to need to consider cyber in the design of their devices.
Where will all of these young engineers and programmers come from? Interest in the STEM subjects at least in the US is on the decline. Many companies including defense companies are going abroad to find and develop students in preparation for a career in cyber development. One example is Northrop Grumman Corporation.
In defense of Cyber Defense.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has launched the 2017-2018 season of CyberCenturion, the U.K.’s national youth cyber defense competition for 12-18 year old. A record 575 teams, made up of more 2,500 students, including 116 all-female and 45 cadet teams from across the country have registered to participate, marking a more than threefold increase over last year.
This is the fourth consecutive year the CyberCenturion competition has been held.
CyberCenturion is the U.K. version of the proven CyberPatriot competition, part of a major U.S. national youth cyber education programme presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and created by the Air Force Association. It is a key element of the company’s commitment to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and is aimed at engaging students with an interest in cyber to encourage them to pursue academic and career opportunities in STEM to help close the skills gap.
The formal kickoff of the first round of both the CyberCenturion and CyberPatriot competitions was held today at the Air Force Association headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
“This year we have seen truly amazing growth in the number and diversity of teams that have entered the competition showing the increasing interest that young people have in cyber security,” said Andrew Tyler, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Europe.
CyberCenturion is an important and popular means of inspiring young people to take further studies and follow careers in cyber. We look forward to an exciting competition and to seeing the teams progressing through the opening rounds towards the finals.
CyberCenturion is delivered in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge U.K., a nationwide programme focused on bringing more talented people into the cyber security profession and building a bigger U.K. cyber talent pool for government, businesses and citizens.
“Building tomorrow’s cyber workforce is a global imperative and we are thrilled to be spearheading this effort to address the urgent need to jump-start the workforce and foster the cyber leadership of tomorrow,” said Diane Miller, director, global cyber education and workforce development programs, Northrop Grumman.
The Air Force Association is a nonprofit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Its mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defence, and to honour Airmen and the Air Force Heritage.
Northrop Grumman is a leading provider of full-spectrum cyber solutions to the United States government and to allied nations around the world. The company builds cyber into every system, platform, and product that it produces in order to enhance mission assurance and resiliency, while investing both in innovative technology and cyber talent of the future.
For information about careers in cyber in the U.K., go to http://www.northropgrumman.com/careers.