National Cyber 10K launch

A new cyber security challenge launched by NCC Group will include judges from the University of Oxford and The Daily Telegraph

A new national cyber security challenge, Cyber 10K, has launched with £10,000 up for grabs for the most innovative security solutions.

Run by global information assurance firm NCC Group, the competition is open to both individuals and groups, and is looking to find solutions to the cyber security challenges affecting businesses and consumers today.

The competition is split up into categories, covering cloud security, cyber incident remediation, mobile and app security, consumer cyber awareness and cyber initiatives for resource constrained environments.

The winners of each category will receive £10,000 to develop the solution along with expert guidance and advice from security veterans.

Entries will be judged by a panel, consisting of:

  • Matt Warman, head of technology, The Daily Telegraph
  • Sadie Creese, director, cyber security centre, University of Oxford
  • Robert Thompson, CESG
  • Dr Tim Watson, director at University of Warwick’s cyber security centre
  • Paul Vlissidis, technical director at NCC Group

Rob Cotton, CEO at NCC Group said: “Through Cyber10K, we want to solve issues in cyber security that both organisations and the public are facing. This is about stimulating creative thinking and encouraging an innovative approach to challenges that we as an industry have yet to overcome.

“We’re talking about the biggest threat to modern society, and the more we rely on technology the greater this threat becomes. We have to do everything we can to further knowledge in the sector and stay one step ahead of cyber crime. This initiative is one of the ways that we’re hoping to do that.

“Cyber 10K is an investment in the next generation of cyber security talent.  We encourage everyone from students to small technology businesses to get involved and put their ideas forward.”

Deadline for entries is April 24th 2014. For more information, visit