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The UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge year starts in September and ends in February
The UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge year starts in September and ends in February

Students

The UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is at its core centred on identifying and fostering the next generation of policy and strategy leaders for the cyber security challenges of the future.

This is a rare opportunity for you to experience realistic decision-making situations during the time of a cyber crisis, with comprehensive and constructive feedback from cyber security experts and representatives across government and industry.

In the past years we have had representatives from some fantastic organisations including BT, Sage, NATO, Beazley, Standard Chartered bank, Global Cyber Alliance and the NCSC. All of whom are keen to network with you, and showcase potential careers.

Students sat around a table at the top of the BT Tower
Students sat around a table at the top of the BT Tower

Coaches & Lecturers

The UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain experience as policy and strategy leaders for the cybersecurity challenges of the future.

Teams of four students are supported by a coach, who advises and guides teams during the preparation stage of the competition, and at the BT Tower for the finals.

Student feedback is repeatedly positive about the values and opportunities gained from the competition. Further, due to its multidisciplinary nature, the competition supports the learning objectives of many university course modules.

We have been fortunate with some fantastic teams throughout the years and hope to continue with coaches from a wide range of UK universities.

Two student competitors and coach of the 2021 UK Cyber 9/12 winners
Two student competitors and coach of the 2021 UK Cyber 9/12 winners

Cyber Professionals

The UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is made possible by a dedicated team of volunteers. 

Our organising team meets regularly from September to plan each year's competition. There are roles across the leadership team, scenario team, event organisation team and communications team.

During the two days of the Finals event we are supported by a number of volunteers from government and industry. They act as judges and guest speakers for the competition. Each volunteer has opportunity to network with student competitors as well as other cyber professionals from government and industry.

Keynote speech from Paul Bantick
Keynote speech from Paul Bantick

Organisations

The UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge has been supported by a range of fantastic sponsors and partners.

For example, our Strategic Partner, BT host us at their iconic BT Tower in central London; an ideal spot to meet with and connect with a range of representatives from across industry and government.

Other sponsors include Beazley, Thomson Reuters Special Services International, RAPID7, EY and Vodafone. We also have some fantastic partners helping us find volunteer judges and mentors.

All our sponsors and partners gain access to an incredible talent pool of students alongside a vibrant network of other cyber security professionals.

Dinner at Lancaster House during the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Dinner at Lancaster House during the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge