Hapless Techno-Weenies
C2C , Inter-ACE
University:University of Southampton

Please introduce the team members including the courses that you are currently studying?
David is a Cybersecurity PhD student with an interest in network security and pentesting.
Izzy is a Cybersecurity PhD student with an interest in enterprise security and malware analysis.
Josh is a fourth year electrical and mechanical engineering student with an interest in sensor networks.
Laurie is a fourth-year electronics student who enjoys dismantling, and occasionally reassembling, any and all electronic equipment.

Are any of you currently considering cybersecurity as a career? If so, what area?
We are all considering careers in security, in areas like consultancy and research

What CTFs have you competed in before?
We all competed in Inter-Ace and Cambridge2Cambridge last year, as well as a small competition that Cyber Security Challenge UK hosted at the HEA conference in Liverpool. David and Izzy have taken part in a number of other Cyber Security Challenge UK events, culminating in the three day Masterclass final in London.

What are you looking forward to most at Inter-ACE?
Fun problem solving and catching up with friends from these and other events

How do you think more people could be attracted to a career in cybersecurity?
There are a few factors at play here, and good work is already being done in this area. One part of our industry which can be off-putting to people looking to join is the lad culture/meme side of things. General attitudes towards non-infosec people often fail to give off a good impression.

Cybersecurity in the news is often not well presented, with ill-explained jargon and sensationalism getting in the way of the important information. Invariably the "women in cyber" point is raised at every possible opportunity, sometimes handled well and sometimes not.
Having women being singled out as a "woman in cyber" rather than just a "person in cyber who happens to be female" can be degrading at times, so while there should be a drive to encourage more women into security, it's often very clumsily handled.

On a more positive side, there has been very good work towards bringing new people in through initiatives such as the GCHQ summer schools, the NCSC's outreach activities, and Cyber Security Challenge UK all do a fantastic job of getting people in contact with industry.