Cyber Professionals

The UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is made possible by a dedicated team of volunteers. 

Our organising team meets regularly from September to plan each year's competition. There are roles across the leadership team, scenario team, event organisation team and communications team.

During the two days of the Finals event we are supported by a number of volunteers from government and industry. They act as judges and guest speakers for the competition. Each volunteer has opportunity to network with student competitors as well as other cyber professionals from government and industry.

Joining the Organising Team

Our organising team consists of volunteers who found out about the competition in different ways. They all enjoyed UK Cyber 9/12 so much that they now dedicate some of their free time to make the competition possible.

We have a leadership team consisting of our UK based director, Robert Black, alongside representatives from the Atlantic Council who oversee all the Cyber 9/12 competitions globally.

Our scenario team creates fictional but very realistic cyber incidents with international ramifications. They craft a narrative and create fragments of evidence, shared with competitors through intelligence reports. Every year, we receive feedback from judges commenting on how realistic the scenarios really are!

Our comms team & event organisers are responsible for making the competition happen. They promote the competition to students, liaise with industry & government partners and organise the finals event. 

Get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the page if you're interested in joining the team.

Competition Year (click to expand)

The UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge year starts in September and ends in February
The UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge year starts in September and ends in February

Becoming a Judge and Supporting the Finals Event

To judge the competition, we rely on the support of many industry & government professionals who kindly volunteer their time. Some of these volunteers also run workshops or mentoring sessions with the student competitors.

We are fortunate to have many judges and volunteers returning year-on-year, citing how impressed they are with the students' abilities, having the opportunity to meet others within the cyber industry and how much they enjoy themselves as reasons for doing so.

Volunteer judges are required for the qualifying round and semi-final round of the competition, taking place over consecutive days in mid-February. They do not need to judge in every round, we are grateful for any time that can be offered.

Judges are given a comprehensive briefing beforehand as well as a marking rubric, which helps to ensure clarity and consistency.

Get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the page if you're interested in becoming a judge or running a session at the finals event.

UK Cyber 9/12 consists of an application stage followed by 3 rounds with increasing time pressure
UK Cyber 9/12 consists of an application stage followed by 3 rounds with increasing time pressure

Competition Structure (click to expand)

Getting your Organisation Involved

Do you think that your organisation might be interested in supporting the competition?

We have a number of amazing sponsors and partners helping us to foster the next generation of cyber security professionals. See who they are and what they have to say using the button below.

Our sponsors, partners and government supporters get the opportunity to meet a diverse range of students interested in cyber security. We are proud to have achieved an organic 50:50 female to male split for each year of the competition, something unheard of in cyber security. And we are determined to expand our efforts to create a truly inclusive competition. 

Get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the page if you're organisation might be interested in supporting us.