Cracking codes for GCHQ
7th February 2019

Last week, 16 students from Year 8 entered a Cyberfirst online competition run by GCHQ and the National Cyber Security Centre. This involved them working in teams of four to solve challenges in four skill areas: cryptography, cyber security, networking, and logic and coding.

The competition aims to provide a fun, but challenging environment to encourage and inspire the next generation of young women to consider computer science as an option, with a view to a future career in cyber security.

The challenges were hard, and got even harder the more they solved. The teams earnt badges as they progressed for such things as working with data coded in octal and hex, and cracking Caesar shift ciphers.

Out of Farlington's teams, Mischief Management scored the highest, but all four teams did brilliantly to solve as many challenges as they did. The Grand Final is in Scotland for the top 10 teams in the country and we are awaiting the results.

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