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Spooks-style code breaking game launches GCHQ’s new recruitment campaign

Filed under: Cyber Security — Jonathan on December 8, 2011

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has revealed its latest initiative to attract new talent to its cyber security jobs. Close on the heels of the recent announcement of the government’s Cyber Security Strategy GCHQ is inviting jobseekers looking for information security vacancies to crack a code game set up online.

GCHQ is a fundamental part of the National Intelligence Machinery for the UK alongside two other Intelligence and Security Agencies. The organisation works together with MI5 and MI6 with the main aim of safeguarding national security in the UK.

Recruitment for cyber security specialists usually targets graduates however, the dynamic world of cyber crime is changing so rapidly that the talents of self-taught IT security candidates are sought after. The internet code breaking game is designed to attract those that show aptitude for ethical hacking and code breaking and presents a great opportunity for those looking to break into this area of IT.

The web campaign was launched this week with the help of GCHQ’s recruitment specialists, TMP Worldwide. Using social media marketing, blog sites and forums GCHQ has invited those interested to attempt to break their visual code. Candidates are also encouraged to spread the word to attract more people to rise to the challenge. GCHQ have withheld their name to discourage those applying simply to join this prestigious organisation.

GCHQ hope that using this novel method to recruit cyber security candidates they will attract people with the best skill set and attitude to do the job well. The ability to crack the code is not viewed as part of the assessment process rather as a way of creating interest and engagement between GCHQ as an employer and possible candidates.

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