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Cyber secondment

The winner of a national competition backed by Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to find the cyber experts of the future hash ad a two week secondment with Cassidian.

Second-year Cambridge computer science student Jonathan Millican was crowned as the UK’s cyber security champion in Bristol in March. He beat 30 finalists to be the overall winner. He has been courted by a number of companies including competition sponsors Cassidian CyberSecurity. Jonathan joined the company, part of EADS, at its UK head office in Newport, South Wales, working alongside its cyber staff.

Cassidian was recently named as one of four commercial cyber security companies chosen to work with the UK authorities on a new Cyber Incident Response Scheme. It has been working for more than ten years to deliver information assurance and cyber support to the UK Government and the Ministry of Defence.

During his placement, Jonathan was tasked with working on the practical challenge for the 2013 Cyber Security Challenge final and had a glimpse of cyber research at EADS Innovation Works – the research arm of the global company that also has a base at Newport. Jonathan, pictured, said: “When I entered the competition, I had no idea just how much interest I would generate from the industry. I am pleased I spent my placement with Cassidian as it’s given me an appreciation of the current cyber challenges and a fascinating insight into how Cassidian cyber experts are addressing these challenges in a really innovative way.”

Michael Stevens, CEO Cassidian UK, said: “We are ardent supporters of the Cyber Security Challenge as we recognise how vital it is to identify and encourage future Cyber talent. At Cassidian we are keen to foster innovation and attract the highest calibre of recruits to join our business. Jonathan made a great impact during his placement and we are certain he has a bright future ahead of him.” Visit


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