Cyber Security Challenge tackles IP theft in Aston Martin racing scenario

The UK national Cyber Security Challenge has announced two new competitions to launch a risk analysis and policy development stream

The UK national Cyber Security Challenge has announced two new competitions to launch a risk analysis and policy development stream, looking at IP theft in mobile application development and motor racing.

Cyber Security Challenge UK runs a series of national competitions aimed at attracting talented people into the profession and informing them about cyber security careers and training.

The new stream begins with a virtual competition, in partnership with user activity monitoring and internal security solutions Dtex Systems. The competition looks at insider threat investigation and preventing leaks of commercial IP in a fictitious mobile application development company.

After registering, candidates will be called upon to use their forensic investigation skills to identify the high-risk users carrying out the activities responsible for suspected leaks of IP.

The winners from this virtual competition will be invited to the second fact-to-face competition in partnership with Orange and UK motorsport and automotive engineering group Prodrive. This competition looks at insider espionage and eliminating security vulnerabilities in a motor racing team.

The competition, to be held at the Banbury racing track in November, mimics a scandal in Formula 1 surrounding the McLaren team. 

McLaren was fined $100m and stripped of its points in 2007 after it was found to have exploited leaked technical documents from rival Ferrari.

Scenario: Aston Martin team prepares for Le Mans

Around 30 candidates in the Cyber Security Challenge competition will come up against a real life motorsport set-up, complete with Aston Martin racing car, pit crew, technical team and a complex ICT infrastructure which connects them all.

In this scenario, the Aston Martin team is seeking a security solution in preparation for Le Mans. Candidates will work in teams as security architects, identifying the team's security requirements, and demonstrating what the team can realistically afford and what will work effectively in the racing environment.

Although these scenarios cover very different security requirements, both competitions will test for the underlying mixture of technical and broader business skills currently in high demand in the cyber security industry, organisers 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 a skills gap in the cyber security profession. 

Now in its third year, the Cyber Security Challenge has expanded its range of competitions in an attempt to better represent the diverse skills in demand. Sponsorship has grown to over 50 organisations from across the cyber security sector.

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