The 3rd annual Cyber Security Challenge has concluded this weekend right here in Bristol.
40 finalists who have fought their way through two rounds of simulated malware attacks to prove their experience and intuition in the IT security world came together in Bristol on the weekend just gone to fight for the title of UK Cyber Security Champion. The final part of the completion consisted of a realistic cyber defence challenge where both technical and policy related obstacles were presented. The simulation was designed to reflect a realistic professional environment, the type of challenge that industry professionals come across every day.
The Cyber Security Challenge kick-started back in 2010 with the intention of promoting cyber security as a profession and highlighting the shortage of skilled individuals currently entering the industry. The challenge has been transformed from more than just an annual competition into a widely recognised and respected source of information, support and guidance. Backed by 50 organisations including Orange, Prodrive and industry leaders Sophos, QintiQ and SANS Institute the Cyber Security Challenge, created by HP and Cassidan Cyber Security identifies and nurtures the skills of future IT security professionals.
The winner of this year’s competition was 28 year old pharmaceutical chemist, Stephen Miller, who has no formal training in the cyber security industry. Taking on the role of analyst, investigator and response team the winner resolved a fictitious breach whilst bearing in mind policy, budget and resources, demonstrating the skills required to discover and identify malicious attacks.
Not only being awarded the title of Cyber Security Challenge the winner also gains access to industry training courses and events along with internship offers and university bursaries.
The title of Cyber Security Champion was awarded to the contestant who could implement the best possible solution technically whilst also demonstrating an awareness of operational and financial hurdles, a skill set widely valued by employers.
Next year’s challenge will yet again grow, planning to offer competitions to educational establishments, smartphone apps and a mentoring scheme offered by previous competitors. For more information visit cyber ecuritychallenge.org.uk