Published on 30 Nov 2018
Singaporean player Solomon Tan working with his team members to investigate a cyber-attack as part of the competition.
Six winners from the Face-To-Face (F2F) segment of the second Cybersecurity Challenge Singapore were in London, United Kingdom (UK) to compete in the Cyber Security Challenge UK Masterclass Final recently. Spanned across three days from 24 to 26 November 2018, the Masterclass Final included the participation of 42 other players selected from various F2F competitions held across the UK.
Held at Barclays’ Headquarters, the Masterclass Final provided opportunities for participants to showcase their cybersecurity skills in a simulated industry environment. Following the news that a fictitious cryptocurrency exchange company’s sales portal had been infected with cryptomining malware and had their data held ransom, players had to work in teams to investigate the attack. The competition also required them to present their findings to media and key stakeholders in a mock press conference, mirroring real world business demands and applications of cybersecurity.
The Masterclass Final culminated with an awards dinner where the winners were announced. 19-year-old Charlie Hosier took the top prize as the 2018 Cyber Security Challenge UK Champion. Players also had the opportunity to network with representatives from organisations in the industry as they learnt more about the different roles in cybersecurity.
Our players posing with their certificates of participation.
Following the Masterclass competition, the players headed to Bletchley Park, a heritage site which was once the top-secret home of the World War II Codebreakers. The symbolic venue is where Alan Turing, one of world’s most famous codebreakers, cracked the ‘Engima’, a type of enciphering machine used by German armed forces to send messages during the World War II.
Players being given a guided tour around the historic of Bletchley Park.
The players went on a guided tour and were briefed on how codebreakers did their work during the war. This was followed by an educational tour of BAE Systems headquarters at the Blue Fin Building. It was there that the players were introduced to the fundamentals of cyber threat intelligence and the current cybersecurity landscape.