Hackers are being invited to take part in a Linux security challenge next week that is sponsored by the UK government and Sophos.
The government has been running a Cyber Security Challenge (CSC) scheme since 2010, in an attempt to draw more young people into the computer security business.
The web is by far the main vector for those looking to attack companies. Most web infrastructure around the world is based on Linux, but most schools don't teach pupils how to use the operating system.
This makes Linux security skills quite valuable, and Sophos is pitching the contest as a good way to demonstrate such skills and impress potential employers.
"There have been some steps towards improving the ICT curriculum in schools but we can no longer stick our heads in the sand," Sophos technology strategy director James Lyne said in a statement on Monday.
"The web is the main tool used by cyber-criminals to target both business and consumers so we still need to do much, much more to teach vital skills like Linux programming in schools and universities and to nurture the young Linux generation," he added.