Year 10 Cyber Security Show

Gina Murphy / Categories: News

Year 10 Cyber Security Show

Friday, 26 March 2021

On Wednesday 24 March, students in maths set 10Ma1 got the opportunity to learn all about the maths behind Cyber Security Systems.

Who’d have known it’s all to do with prime numbers?! Presented by Matt Parker, students were treated to guest speakers; Alison Kiddle, James Grime and even guests from the Bank of America!

Students were taught how cyber-security is a career with a long future. As data becomes more valuable, those who hold it need to protect themselves from others who want to steal it. It's a game of logical cat and mouse, and the reasoning skills that maths gives you are an essential part of the profession.

Matt Parker interviewed the guests from the Bank of America to also find out what led them to their jobs and what maths was needed.

Students got the opportunity to break into a website called 'PiTech' (with their permission, of course). Of course, the students in 10Ma1 cracked the code and gained successful entry!

Guest speakers went on to talk about how prime numbers are essential in keeping our data private and how banks use prime numbers that are hundreds and hundreds of digits long! 

We all found the show extremely interesting, and I was very impressed (and slightly scared) at how fast 10Ma1 were able to break in to PiTech! 

Mr J E McMenamin
KS4 Mathematics Co-ordinator

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