Dstl online game targets new cyber recruits

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is using an online game to help recruit more than 60 new members for its Cyber and Information Systems team.


Know the Unknown challenges users to think quickly and allocate resources to neutralise incoming cyber threats. Dstl is the science and technology arm of the Ministry of Defence. The organisation is hoping the game and the supporting microsite will attract inquisitive minds and act as a recruitment aid for those seeking a career in areas including data science, cyber & electronics warfare, as well as space, sensors & security systems.

“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,” said Dr Paul Kealey, Dstl’s Cyber and Information Systems (CIS) division head.

“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.”

According to Dstl, it 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 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