Department of Computer Science and Technology

Technical reports

Raising a new generation of cyber defenders

Frank Stajano, Graham Rymer, Michelle Houghton

June 2018, 307 pages

DOI: 10.48456/tr-922


To address the skills gap in cyber security, in the 2015–16 academic year we launched two competitions for university students: the national (UK-wide) Inter-ACE and, in collaboration with MIT, the international Cambridge2Cambridge. After running the competitions for three years and growing them in several dimensions (including duration, budget, gender balance, number of participants, number of universities and number of countries), we distill our experience into a write-up of what we achieved and specific items of advice for our successors, discussing problems encountered and possible solutions in a variety of areas and suggesting future directions for further growth.

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  author =	 {Stajano, Frank and Rymer, Graham and Houghton, Michelle},
  title = 	 {{Raising a new generation of cyber defenders}},
  year = 	 2018,
  month = 	 jun,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  doi = 	 {10.48456/tr-922},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-922}