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DSTL's online game aims to attract best cyber workers

The science and technology arm of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) hopes to recruit staff with the online game - Know the Unknown

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is looking to recruit more than 60 staff to work in a wide range of cybersecurity careers and has launched an online game to help with the drive.

Know the Unknown, a new online game where users can play an interactive challenge has been designed to find people to fill roles opportunities across a range of areas within Dstl’s Cyber and Information Systems (CIS) Division. The opportunities include in Data Science, Cyber & Electronics Warfare, as well as Space, Sensors & Security Systems.

Dstl is the science and technology arm of the Ministry of Defence. As part of the UK Government Dstl does sensitive and specialists work that cannot be done anywhere else. We use our world-leading science and expertise to prepare for the threats of tomorrow, and we need talented and dedicated individuals that can help us solve emerging problems and predict the problems of the future.

DSTL's online game aims to attract best cyber workers

Dr Paul Kealey, Dstl’s Cyber and Information Systems (CIS) Division Head, said: “With defence and security operations becoming increasingly dependent on sensing and information, this recruitment drive represents our commitment to put the latest science and technology in the hands of users. What attracted me to Dstl was that every day here is different. Our talented people are having a genuine impact keeping British people and the UK Armed Forces protected from harm.”

A career with a difference

Dstl is looking for people with a flair for problem solving and a passion for new technologies seeking a career with a difference. Ideally candidates will have with design and development experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Radar Electronic Surveillance
  • Radio frequency or communications systems
  • Navigation system development
  • Design of electronic systems
  • Digital signal processing
  • Space systems design
  • Computer science, software engineering or network engineering
  • Information technology or technical architecture
  • Systems engineering
  • Verification and validation
  • Data forensics
  • Data fusion
  • Penetration testing
  • Quantum science

Digitisation in MoD

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been focusing on digitisation recently. Last month, it announced that it was searching for a partner to support a battlefield information system application (BISA) used by the Royal Engineers. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has also committed £66m and £30m as part of Transformation Fund towards military robotic projects and digital apps respectively. In its bid to fight cyber crime, MoD was inviting applications to understand cyber risk exposure using Cyber Risk Tooling.

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