Cyber Security Challenge

Cyber Security Challenge announces new competitions

The Cyber Security Challenge has announced new competitions including malware attacks from hostile states.

Professional cyber teams from Orange, Prodrive, (ISC)2, the SANS Institute, QinetiQ and Sophos will test over 100 qualifiers from the virtual first-round competitions over the coming months to determine the 40 finalists for the Masterclass grand finale in March 2013.

“This year’s face-to-face competitions have broadened the range of skills we are testing in a bid to more accurately represent those needed most by the range of employers who support us,“ said Stephanie Daman, CEO, Cyber Security Challenge UK.

“As well as identifying talented people who can move straight into unfilled jobs, we also believe these four action filled days will open the eyes of over 100 talented amateurs who might never have considered how exciting a job in this sector could be.”

The Cyber Security Challenge UK began in 2010 as a series of national competitions aiming to find talented people for the increasing job opportunities in cyber security.

Now in its third year, the Challenge has broadened its scope to act as a source of advice, support and guidance for anyone interested in the profession. 

It is currently backed by over 50 organisations from across the cyber security landscapes who contribute over £100,000 of career enabling prizes each year to candidates who demonstrate potential.

The four new face-to-face competitions  are:

• The Orange and Prodrive Risk Analysis

Held at Prodrive UK's HQ, the first face-to-face competition will see Challenge candidates come up against a real life motorsport set-up, complete with Aston Martin Racing car, pit crew, technical team and a complex ICT infrastructure that connects them all. 

Candidates will work as security architects to deliver a practical security solution that protects the team’s IP and confidential information from its rivals in preparation for Le Mans, the biggest date in the international racing calendar.

• SANS Net Wars

Run by the SANS Institute, this challenge is a unique opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their skills on one of the world’s most recognised cyber training platforms. 

Currently used by used by professionals at some of the largest companies and government organisations in the world, this is the first time NetWars has been incorporated into the Cyber Security Challenge UK. 

Over two hours of gaming, participants will be tasked with recovering a number of targets from a virtual environment whilst their scores are displayed on a dynamic real-time scoreboard, showing their accomplishments.

• Sophos Malware Hunt

Candidates will take on the role of forensics and defence specialists working for the UK Government, and will face the nastiest creations of both cyber criminal gangs and nation states as they run rampant in a virtual environment. 

Their mission will be to gather and analyse evidence of attacks on the systems, and identify the attackers’ motives, skill levels and likely origins. 

Finally, candidates will present their findings and make recommendations on the actions to be taken.

• QinetiQ and (ISC)2 Command and Control

At QinetiQ’s Command and Control Face-to-Face Competition teams of cyber enthusiasts will be responsible for securing the IT systems protecting a simulated ‘top-secret facility’. 

They must identify, fix and exploit vulnerabilities in command software systems and work to anticipate security breaches to avoid attack. 

The Competition will provide competitors, the software developers of the future, with first-hand experience of what it takes to secure software systems and the critical impact cyber-attacks can have on the security and safety of an organisation, its people and its assets.

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