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Apply by 20 November: Join the University CyberHive and take part in a trip to London

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This is your chance to engage in high-stakes decision-making during a simulated cyber incident.  

We’re looking for students from all Faculties to join our CyberHive team for the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. We want to build a diverse team that brings together students from all academic disciplines and backgrounds (but do not work in cyber security or have held positions that would give them an advantage).  

The University of Manchester CyberHive team will aim for glory at the finals, set to take place at the BT Tower in London from 20 – 21 February 2024.  

You don’t need technical knowledge, but critical thinking and communication skills are essential! 

What’s in it for you? 

  • Gain experience in decision-making during the time of a cyber crisis. 
  • An outstanding opportunity to network and meet future employers: current and previous partners have included BT, UK Civil Service, Sage, NATO, Beazley, Standard Chartered Bank and the Global Cyber Alliance. 
  • An all-expenses-paid trip to London spanning two electrifying days. 
  • Two days in the iconic BT Tower. 
  • And of course, a CyberHive team hoodie! 

But act fast, as the clock is ticking on our registration deadline! 

Challenge Details 

You’ll compete with other teams as you respond to a complex and escalating cyber incident with national and international ramifications.  

Over two days, comprising three rounds, competing teams receive intelligence packs with reports from multiple sources. You’ll work together to analyse the reports and weigh up the national and international implications of the content, before presenting your analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges from government and industry.   

Watch the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge video to find out more.

Apply by 20 November 

Apply now by e-mailing Prof Danny Dresner ( no later than midnight 20 November 2023, with answers to the following questions: 

  • Your name, course of study, expected date of graduation. 
  • Why should you be at the 2023 Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge? Consider your unique skills, background and experience to outline how you would contribute. (maximum 500 words). 
  • What do you consider to be the most significant cyber incident (from open sources) to date and why? (maximum 500 words) 
  • Based on the National Cyber Strategy 2022 and other relevant UK government strategy documents, what should the UK do to meet its aspirations to be a responsible, democratic cyber power? Refer to current and historic policy and strategy in this area to support your answer. (maximum 500 words) 
  • How did you find out about the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge? 

Successful candidates will be notified by 29 November.  

Join us and make your mark!