Computer hacking UK hosting online treasure hunt to hire cyber security experts

The UK government is launching an online treasure hunt and lab-based challenges to help find talented computer users who can work on defending the country's infrastructure from cyber attacks.

The UK government is launching an online treasure hunt and lab-based challenges to help find talented computer users who can work on defending the country's infrastructure from cyber attacks.

 
The initial challenge will require people to find answers to a series of questions as part of an online treasure hunt event, with the 30 best performers being invited to take part in a more complex series of tests in a lab environment.
 
“I don't want to give too much away but it involves securing the control mechanisms of something that's vital to national interest and security,” said Neil Cassidy, operations director of defence technology research group Qinetiq.
 
Computer hacking UK hosting online treasure hunt to hire cyber security experts
 
The ISC Squared security certification firm hopes that the competition will get software developers thinking about security from the beginning of development, given that it costs 100 times more to retroactively add security to existing applications.
 
A growing number of attacks against key infrastructure, such as power grids and water supplies, have caused many governments throughout the world to invest heavily in cyber security. A report released by McAfee earlier today highlighted a number of vulnerabilities in the US electricity grid, while previously many top oil executives warned of attacks against oil rigs.
 
The Cyber Security Challenge can be accessed here.
 
Source: BBC
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