What is the NCSC CyberFirst Girls Competition?
NCSC is part of GCHQ, one of the UK government’s intelligence and security agencies and is home to some of the nation’s finest cyber security experts – many of whom are women. As more and more of our daily life is conducted online, we need to increase the number of cyber security specialists to keep the UK and our way of life safe and secure. The CyberFirst Girls competition aims to provide a fun but challenging environment which will encourage and inspire the next generation of young women to consider a career in cyber security.
How is the competition structured?
Each team is made up of 4 female students in Year 8. The competition consists of two distinct phases; the first phase is an online qualifying round; and the second phase is a face to face ‘Grand Final’. Only the top ten teams will go through to the ‘Grand Final’.
How do I enter a team?
If you wish to enter a team you must be a teacher / responsible adult aged over 18yrs and will be referred to as the Team Guardian.
Please fill out the School Registration form on the website. Some schools will be checked and validated. Once you have registered you can start to enter your teams.
What are the key dates of the CyberFirst Girls competition?
- School and Team registration opens on 16th January 2018.
- Useful information for teachers is available on the competition homepage.
- The online phase of the CyberFirst Girls competition begins at midday on 29th January and closes at midday on 5th February 2018.
- Teams that have qualified for the Grand Final will be notified of the results from 12 February 2018.
- The CyberFirst Girls Competition Grand Final will take place in Manchester on Monday 19th March 2018, however teams will need to be available to travel and arrive in Manchester on Sunday 18th March. Timings to be confirmed.
What makes up a team?
Each team will consist of four female students in year 8 in England and Wales, S2 in Scotland and year 9 in NI in the care of a responsible adult (Team Guardian). Each school can enter as many teams as they wish.
All team members must be female and in year 8 in England and Wales, S2 in Scotland, year 9 NI and be attending a UK based school.
The registered teams must complete the online round between 29th January and 5th February 2018.
Students should not receive any outside assistance in completing the online round. The Team Guardian is in place to guide and mentor the team and must not participate in the competition.
No offensive or unethical activity is permitted through out both phases of the competition.
Teams should not share or post answers to any of the online Challenges.
Your school must be prepared to attend the Grand Final in the Greater Manchester area on the 18th /19th March 2018. See Important points for teams attending the Grand Final below.
The top 10 teams from the online round will be invited to the Grand Final.
In the event of a tie for 10th place, NCSC will analyse the ‘challenges’ data before deciding which school will go forward.
The team members that qualified in the online competition need to be the same team members that attend the Grand Final.**
In the event of more than one team from a school achieving a score in the top ten, only the team with the highest score from that school will be eligible for the final.
NCSC’s decision is final on any aspect of the competition.
- Team travel to and from the Grand Final should be organised by the school. Travel costs up to £95/person may be reclaimed from NCSC only when accompanied by a valid receipt / invoice.
- Hotel accommodation and food for the duration of the Grand Final for the four students and TeamGuardian will be organised and paid for by NCSC.
Are there any prizes?
All team members who successfully win through to the Grand Final will receive a prize. The winning school will receive a cheque for £1000 to go towards IT equipment and the winning team will be awarded individual prizes.
** Emergency changes to the team may be considered providing they are submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon, Thursday 15 March 2018.