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>> It's a complex, destructive, and evolving threat. But the skills gap to fight hacking is equally as vast. Here to fill the hole, 14 year old school boy Otto from London, and his generation of cyber defenders.>> I think there really should be a bit more education as to how to keep a ourselves safe.
People just rush forward to develop some technology, like an Internet abled smart fridge. They don't actually consider the security considerations, because they don't have an awareness of the fact that the smart fridge could be hacked.>> This room of teenage coders are defending a drone food delivery company against malicious hackers.
None of it's real though, they're all contestants in a cyber security championship. The prize could be an internship with the organizer, US defense giant and stealth bomber manufacturer, Northrop Grumman.>> So best of luck to every one of you. Congratulations.>> We need far more defenders to ward off against these more complex cyber threat.
And it's coming from everywhere and it's rapidly evolving. So there's a lot of sense of urgency in getting children more interested in this field.>> That's nine zero mids.>> Even if they don't win skills like these open doors in cyber defense architecting cyber solutions or forensics. Good news for the cyber security industry, where Northport Drummond says 1.5 million jobs will go unfilled in the next year.
Or as Otto's teacher says, they could always start up their own company.>> 20 years ago Google didn't exist. It was two guys in college who started it. And Apple 40 years ago didn't exist. It was two guys in their garage. And it's very much, why should I work for somebody else.
I can do the stuff I'm interested in.>> A new generation dealing with a new era of threats.