A while back I was invited to a rather curious and geeky event… in fact it was a competition… a very geeky one! It involved a lot of hacking enthusiasts and a range of security related challenges. Those who were tracking my tweets would have noted that I was at “The Pentagon” aka Sophos UK offices! No not the big scary US high security building!

The day was arranged by Cyber Security Challenge, a UK based non profit with the aim of raising awareness of careers in the IT security sector in the UK. At the moment the IT security sector of the technology are struggling to find enough skilled security specialists. One such company looking to recruit at the moment is Sophos who tend to take on students with an aptitude towards creative problem solving and train them up for 12 months on site so that they can work on the latest security technologies. However Sophos aren’t the only company in this situation and 12 months training is 12 months of an employee not being profitable, it’s quite a commitment.

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IT security has a reputation for being incredibly mathematical and algorithmically complex and therefore seemingly requires a strong maths background. However contrary to popular belief a relatively small group of people within the IT security sector actually require these skills. It’s more about problem solving and having a naturally inquisitive mind.

The Cyber Security Challenge helps to encourage just that.  Every year they run the challenge and have a real range of people test their skills.  The types of competitors range from students to those who work in server rooms and even your friendly postman who geeks out at a weekend.  What they want is MORE female applicants!

So as ever I’m on the hunt for geeky females who fancy trying their hand at a bit of ethical hacking with an interest in the IT security sector.  If this sounds like you or someone you know then enter now for the 2012/13 challenge!

About Sarah Lamb

Sarah is a freelance writer with a masters degree in Computer Science. Sarah writes about innovation, technology and social media. She has a keen interest in gender diversity with the IT sector and founded Girl Geek Dinners in 2005

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