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Why Is The U.K. Looking To Kids For Cybersecurity Help?

• Kelsey Atherton via PopSci.com
 

The United Kingdom is worried about not having enough cybersecurity professionals in the near future. To counteract that, a group drawn from business and government is launching a series of cybersecurity challenges aimed at children, with the goal of finding and fostering tomorrow's cyber geniuses.

Britain was once a world leader in cryptography, the science at the core of cybersecurity. In World War II, mathematician Alan Turing created a code-breaking device that helped the British war effort tremendously by decoding tens of thousands of secret Nazi communications, giving the Allies an edge on intelligence. After the war, he worked on early attempts at computers, until his life met a tragic, premature end.

Today, the United Kingdom has fallen behind in cybersecurity. In part, that's because it faces a shortage of talented workers. Says the Cyber Challenge's website:
 
 

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