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April 29, 2010

UK competition aims to find future cyber-security experts

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by Darren Allan

The Cyber Security Challenge UK has been put together by a group of businesses, police and government organisations, in an effort to boost the UK’s level of cyber-defence.

The competition began this week, seeking to find those with a real talent for thwarting the “bad guys” on the Internet.

A series of challenges will determine who has the relevant skills to be able to carve out a career in computer security.

The tests candidates will take cover topics such as network defence, digital forensics and spotting security vulnerabilities in website code.

Contestants who pass this first batch of tests will then face head-to-head challenges, to really sort out the boys from the cyber-men.

The top placed entrants are set to receive training to further their considerable skills, and possibly even the likes of scholarships.

Recently, the Lords published a report which stressed that future wars won’t just be conventional in nature, but may take place increasingly as cyber-attacks.

The Lords criticised many European nations for their lax levels of cyber-security, and although the UK’s defences were seen as robust, there’s certainly no harm in developing them further.

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