Cyber Camp: Cyber Security Challenge UK

Date(s) - 28/08/2013 - 01/09/2013
All Day

Livingstone Tower Room LT14.15. Strathclyde University

Scotland’s first Cyber Camp to tackle online crime

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will host Scotland’s first cyber security residential camp when it teams up with Cyber Security Challenge UK in the continuing fight against online crime.
The event will test competitors’ resolve by beginning with an entrepreneurial dragon’s den competition to create a security product, before putting participants under pressure with a virtual online game of attack and defence against competitors in England’s Defence Academy.

The Cyber Security Challenge, which will run from Wednesday 28 August to Sunday 1 September, is a nationwide set of competitions to recruit talented people into the field of cyber security.

Other cyber security experts involved in running the camp include representatives from the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, BlackBerry®, the National Crime Agency, RBS, Micro Systemation and Sec-1.
Dr Michelle Govan, GCU’s Digital Forensics and Security Senior Lecturer said: “The University has a leading reputation in inspiring and educating the next generation of cyber security experts. With the persistent and increasing threat to cyberspace, and the significant impact this has on all aspects of society, the School has endeavoured through research, taught programmes of study and links with industry to inspire, developing cyber security expertise and innovators who are able to have a significant impact on the cyber challenges facing society now and in the future.

“To host the first competition of its kind in Scotland is an important step in attracting talented people into the profession and informing them about cyber security and learning opportunities.”
Twenty-five competitors have been invited to attend by Cyber Security Challenge UK. The first challenge they will face will be a Dragon’s Den-style competition during which they will be asked to create a security product and set up a business. It is being run by Informatics Ventures and Scottish Enterprise to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in informatics and computer science.

Competitors will then visit Scotland’s Police Training College at Tulliallan for a digital forensics eCrime day run by Police Scotland and the National Crime Agency who will recreate crime scenes as part of the competition. Candidates will have to recover and analyse mobile devices for information that will assist a police investigation.

Stephanie Daman, CEO, Cyber Security Challenge UK, said: “The Challenge’s first appearance in Scotland is long overdue. However we are making up for lost time with a Cyber Camp that will call on local expertise. The Scottish Government has been quick to appreciate the threat posed by cyber-crime so its support of the Scottish Cyber Camp event demonstrates recognition of the need to build a stronger pool of talent in Scotland and across the entire UK.”

The camp will culminate in an online game of attack and defence against a sister camp being run at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham. The cross border battle will be run through the popular SANS Netwars platform which is used to train cyber security professionals in government departments and major corporations around the world. Experts from GCU and Sec-1, one of the UK’s leading network security companies, will prepare students for this challenge with an ethical hacking workshop.

As well as the workshops and competition, candidates will also attend evening dinners and industry talks from Blackberry and RBS.

Each candidate will be individually assessed by the Challenge throughout the camp and the best performers will have the chance to qualify for the grand final of the Challenge’s core programme of competitions – the Masterclass – where the UK’s next Cyber Security Champion will be crowned.

To inspire the next generation of cyber warriors, there will be a Junior Cyber Security Day on Saturday 31 August where schoolchildren will be invited to take part in a number of mini challenges and attend talks from industrial leaders.

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