Future cyber talent is being encouraged to enter a new competition

Super sleuths aged from 11 to 17 are being encouraged to enter the first-ever Matrix 2018 challenge which will focus on an online cyber / competition themed challenge from which the top 64 participants will go forward to a live final event.

The challenge has been funded by West Yorkshire Police’s Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) fund which takes money away from criminals and reinvests it back into the community. It is being delivered by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit in partnership with the Cyber Security Challenge UK.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster of West Yorkshire Police, said:

“The threat posed by cyber crime and cyber enabled crime is a rapidly growing issue – the computer has become the new crow-bar for many criminals.

“Warning and informing people about the threat posed by cyber crime is key to making life more difficult for criminals and it is particularly important that young people know the risks and dangers.

“The aim of the competition is to recognise talented young people who have IT skills, raise awareness of how these skills can be used productively to support society and the IT jobs available when they leave school.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This is an innovative competition designed to capture the imagination of young people across the region.

“Tackling cyber crime will remain a focus for West Yorkshire Police and our partners with a key area being prevention. Young people are now exposed to technology at a far younger age than previous generations. Although on the whole this is a positive thing, there are inherent risks which is why raising awareness in new and engaging ways is so important.  

“I am happy to be able to support this competition and look forward to seeing the results later this year.”

During the final, which will be held on Saturday 18 August there will be a mix of open and closed scenario based questions with 32 finalists aged 11-14 and a further 32 finalists chosen from the 15-17 age range.

All finalists will receive a certificate and there will be prizes for the winners.

The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit have been working with West Yorkshire Police to arrange a series of roadshows in West Yorkshire during the week commencing 18 June

Entries to the event close at 5pm on 29 June

DCI Vanessa Smith of West Yorkshire Police said:

“We want as many young people as possible to take part. Hopefully this will become an annual challenge which we take to other parts of the region or even nationally.

“It’s an exciting challenge that also carries with it a serious message. The importance of using technology safely and legally cannot be underestimated.

“Hopefully at the end we will have helped a lot of young people to better understand the risks, dangers but also the positives of technology.

“After this we will be holding a careers event so young people who have been enthused by what they have done can come and see if they want to embark on a career in that area.”

To enter visit www.matrix-challenge.uk

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