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Cookstown High School, Cookstown

Capture the Flag event with RAF and Joint Cyber Unit

17th Oct 2022

The Royal Air Force and the Joint Cyber Unit delivered a combined ‘Capture the Flag’ event on Tuesday 11th October. The event was held at the CESIT Cyber Centre in Belfast and was attended by 7 CHS students currently studying A’level Digital Technology.

The aim of this event was to allow students to compete in a hacking event, as well as gaining an insight into possible careers within the cyber security industry. Speakers at the event included:

  • Prof Marie O’Neill from Queens who highlighted the possible degree and Masters courses available in Computing and Cyber Security.
  • MS Rachel Heron from BT Security who explained some of the available roles within BT and other global corporations in the Cyber security industry and the skill set required to succeed in this area.
  • There were also numerous representatives from the RAF, highlighting Cyber Security opportunities within the Air Force in both full time and reservist posts.

The students attended a lock picking demonstration delivered by BT, before completing multiple ‘Capture the Flag’ challenges in Computing categories such as Web, Forensics, Crypto and Binary. The students were fully immersed in the challenging activities and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

CHS achieved a very commendable runner up position in the competition, with Michael Vinkesteijn achieving recognition for the best performing student at the event.