Infosec Skills, BCS announce winners of Cyber Security Challenge

Stuart Pringle, Simon Robinson and Robert Wyllie have won over £2,000 of training and a place in the semi-final of the current UK Cyber Security Challenge

Stuart Pringle, Simon Robinson and Robert Wyllie have won over £2,000 of training and a place in the semi-final of the current UK Cyber Security Challenge.

They are the winners of the first governance and security policy competitions, introduced by training provider Infosec Skills and BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

The competitions are designed to offer aspiring entrants to the information security industry a chance to test their skills across a range of governance, risk assessment and compliance subjects.

In particular the competitions are aimed at candidates who are not technically inclined, but seek to pursue a career in the information security sector.

Pringle was crowned business continuity management champion, and Robinson is this year’s information risk management champion, while Wyllie took the information security management title.

Each will receive a five-day Infosec Skills e-Learning course of their choice and the associated official BCS exam worth over £2,000.

Their performance has also assured them a place at the 2014 UK Cyber Security Challenge semi-final, which will be run by PwC and Symantec on 25 January.

This will be followed by the MasterClass final in March developed by BT, GCHQ, and the NCA to decide the 2014 UK Cyber Security Challenge Champion.

Terry Neal, InfoSec Skills CEO, said: “As well as testing their current level of knowledge, these competitions showed candidates how broad these information security subjects really are.

“We were delighted with the business savviness of our highest ranked candidates. Their success and performance highlights that it’s not just deep technical skills that are untapped by the UK cyber security industry, but a broader range of talent with a passion for security and the commercial awareness to be a massive asset to the profession and help address our concerning skills deficit,” he said.

The Cyber Security Challenge UK began in 2010 as three competitions run by a small group of supporters from industry, government and academia to address the growing skills gap in the UK cyber security profession.

Since then, the challenge has grown its range of competitions to better represent the variety of skills currently demanded within the profession and is backed by over 75 sponsors from across government, industry and academia.

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