Cyber Security Challenge UK has launched a charity, in memory of Cyber Security Challenge UK’s late chief executive, Stephanie Daman.
Stephanie Daman, CEO of Cyber Security Challenge UK
Stephanie Daman, late CEO of Cyber Security Challenge UK

The Cyber Challenge Foundation, aims to support accessibility and diversity in cyber security, with an emphasis in supporting those from a disadvantaged background – fulfilling her vision of creating a support system for individuals across the UK who wish to learn about cyber security, but may not have the resource to do so.

The Foundation will provide grants towards the provision of education, training, mentoring and hardship relief across the UK. Through doing so the Foundation aims to promote better diversity within the cyber security profession.

According to industry association (ISC)2, only 11 per cent of the UK cyber security workforce is female (seven per cent global average) and only 12 per cent are from ethnic minorities.

Nigel Harrison, acting Chief Executive at Cyber Security Challenge UK said: “At the Challenge we are continually working to encourage diversity throughout the cyber security industry. It was Stephanie’s vision to expand this work and provide real help to those who struggle to find support in the usual places. Diversity increases creativity, productivity and culture, and at a time when the cyber security threat continues to grow, making this sector more accessible is a logical and much-needed step.”

Cyber Security Challenge UK will raise capital for the Foundation through corporate sponsorship, fundraising events and private donations with the first fundraising evening, in partnership with BT, taking place during the Challenge’s Masterclass competition on Monday 13 November.