The bad guys are organised, so we have to be too
“The UK is one of the world’s leading digital nations. Much of our prosperity now depends on our ability to secure our technology, data and networks from the many threats we face. Yet cyber attacks are growing more frequent, sophisticated and damaging when they succeed. So we are taking decisive action to protect both our economy and the privacy of UK citizens…this includes a drive to get the best young minds into cyber security.”
– The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer
The Inter-ACE Programme
The Inter-ACE Challenge is the biggest cyber security competition for university students in the UK. Organised by the University of Cambridge, and supported by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Cabinet Office, the Inter-ACE Programme exists to encourage the best young minds into cyber security and is part of HM Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021.
New in 2018!
Now in its third year, the Inter-ACE Challenge will increase from one to two days of ‘Capture the Flag’ style competition. The 2018 edition will also see eleven new universities invited to take part, giving a potential competition base of twenty-five universities excelling in cyber.
The Inter-ACE competition is supported by a year-round programme of training and events, including online competitions and workshops, which expose students to the concepts and skills needed to compete and ultimately enter the cyber profession.
In total, a community of 300+ enthusiastic students will take part in the annual Inter-ACE Programme. Of these, the best 100+ students will be selected to represent their university to battle it out to take the winner’s crown at the Inter-ACE Challenge 2018!
The winners of the Inter-ACE Challenge automatically qualify for the Cambridge2Cambridge, a 3-day transatlantic cyber challenge, later in the year.