GCHQ and the National Crime Agency are to partner with the Cyber Security Challenge and Infosec Skills to prepare exams to train recruits for BCS exams.
The first competition of the fifth annual competition will see the Chartered Institute of IT and BCS training partner Infosec Skills issue a series of assessments that will test contestants knowledge and aptitude in data governance and information assurance architecture.
The Infosec Skills ISM Skills Draft is based on real BCS accredited exams and successful entrants will win the chance to progress to the National Crime Agency and GCHQ sponsored Cyber Security Challenge Masterclass Final. Registrations are open from today until Friday 25th July, whilst the game itself will run from Tuesday 29th July.
Terry Neal, InfoSec Skills CEO, said: “As well as providing a route to future Challenge face-to-face competitions, the Skills Draft assessment also provides an ideal preparation for candidates to take the official BCS exam to gain a highly respected BCS professional certificate in Information Security Governance.
“What we hope is candidates will also see is how broad information security really is and that it’s not just deep technical skills that are required by the UK cyber security industry. If you can combine a passion for security with commercial business and management saviness you can be a massive asset to the profession.”
The four games include three governance assessments covering information security management, business continuity management and information risk management, and will be followed by an architecture assurance competition, which will provide candidates with a more technical competition which asks them to consider the enterprise wide ramifications of technical projects.
Top scorers in each of the four challenges will collect a five day eLearning course of their choice, plus entry into the official BCS exam, as well as booking their place at one of the Challenge’s new face-to-face cyber battles.
Stephanie Daman, CEO of the Cyber Security Challenge said: “We are delighted Infosec Skills have returned to deliver another set of competitions for this year. Information security management is a vital part of the day-to-day security of any organisation, and is also a key skill set for our Challenge teams as they tackle the threat posed by the Flag Day Associates.”