Simon Walker, a software consultant from Tring, Hertfordshire, has won the penultimate individual event in the 2010 Cyber Security Challenge UK.
The Sophos and SANS Institute Treasure Hunt final at the weekend saw 25 competitors pitting themselves against real-world malware challenges.
The competition was the last of three stages that make up the road to the 2010 Cyber Security Challenge UK final.
Walker has also won a place in the challenge final, a Masterclass-style event to be hosted in Bristol at HP Labs on 5 March.
He will be joined by other high-ranking participants for the chance to be crowned the UK’s Cyber Security champion, including Treasure Hunt runners-up Alan Steer, an IT support worker from Rugby, Warwickshire, who came second, and Jack Dipper, an RAF engineering officer from Suffolk who came third.
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All will be awarded prizes from a pool of career-building and education-focused awards, including internships and other opportunities with leading companies, bursaries at universities, and SANS Institute and 7Safe training.
The Cyber Security Challenge UK is a series of online and face-to-face competitions designed by leading security, education and government organisations as a response to the shortage of skilled professionals in the cyber security sector.
The challenge was launched at the end of July 2010 and three competitions were immediately opened for registration – the SANS and Sophos Treasure Hunt; the QinetiQ Network Defence competition; and the US Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Digital Forensics Challenge.