Government to host three day cyber security hackathon

June event will bring together 50 of UK's brightest students to work on solutions with on-site mentoring from The Accelerator Network

A three day hackathon to tackle cyber security issues is to take place in June with backing from the government’s department of business, innovation and skills, and The Accelerator Network.

Set to be held in London, the event will pool 50 of the country’s “brightest young cyber-security minds” from 13 UK universities to work together on solutions to security issues facing businesses and infrastructure providers. Each team will receive mentoring, tutorials and advice from The Accelerator Network.

The Agile Innovation Hackathon will conclude with a pitching event in which teams will present their developments to an audience of partners, industry leaders and investors.

Minister for the digital economy, Ed Vaizey, commented:”Protecting and promoting the UK’s digital economy is a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan, so it’s crucial we have the skills to do this now and in the future. [The hackathon] will be a fantastic way of developing new talent and ensuring government and industry can tackle the cyber security challenges of the future.”

Ian Merricks, chair of The Accelerator Network, echoed Vaizey’s sentiment:

“Cyber security is the number one threat facing UK businesses and critical infrastructure providers.  The real issue is that countermeasures are often developed by large teams bound by out-dated organisational structures, whereas attackers work together in disparate more flexible collectives.”

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