U.K. Launches School Competition for 'Cyber Jedis'

YOUNG PADAWAN: Among Her Majesty's many concerns: a shortage of cybersecurity experts, and unhappiness over its current state of ICT education in schools. The latest plans, brought to our attention by The Guardian, tackles both these issues at once. Starting in September, the government will hold a national cyber security competition for teenagers in secondary schools in hopes of encouraging them to become "cyber Jedis," capable of defending the Crown against virtual espionage and sabotage. Participants who make it through regional trials will advance to national finals, with winners headed to a cybercamp for specialized training. (The UK already has a similar competition for adults.) May the force be strong with this one.

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