Of the 42 contestants, only two were women. One of the women taking part claimed that women are less inclined to join more technical industries due to intimidation and a lack of encouragement and information about what the jobs may actually entails.
Francis Maude, Cabinet Office Minister with responsibility for the UK Cyber Security Strategy said: "Through the National Cyber Security Programme, we are sponsoring initiatives to provide UK businesses with a competitive edge in cyberspace. To get ahead in the global race we need more people with the skills and abilities to protect businesses and meet the challenges of the future. The Cyber Security Challenge encourages talented people into cyber security careers, bringing together industry, security services and law enforcement to develop cyber battle competitions".