The Digital T Level and Year 2 BTEC Extended Diploma IT students joined the Zoom call and spoke to the cyber professionals at Lockheed as part of a virtual international experience to inspire students to further study cybersecurity and encourage collaborative working to solve problems.
Students worked together in their teams through a set of offence and defence cyber challenges in a ‘capture the flag’ format to complete the “quest.” These challenges allowed students to gain valuable skills in stenography, cryptography and examining packet traffic on a network. The challenges were developed by Lockheed Martin information technology professionals, who also assisted students during the event.
From the UK teams taking part, the two HSDC teams finished a respectable 4th (BTEC) and 10th (T Level). Ben White, in his second year of a BTEC Extended Diploma, said:
“CyberQuest was challenging and fun. It was great to work as a team to solve complex problems and, when we solved problems, it was very rewarding and exciting.”