Top Six Players from the Cybersecurity Challenge Singapore's Face-to-Face Competition to Compete at the UK Masterclass Final

19 Sep 2018

Winners of the Face-to-Face (F2F) segment of the second Cybersecurity Challenge Singapore were announced today. Held during the Singapore International Cyber Week 2018, the F2F competition is co-organised by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) and BAE Systems. 20 players were shortlisted based on their top scores on CyPhinx, an online game developed by Cyber Security Challenge UK.

The players were divided into six teams and amongst them were students, as well as mid-career professionals from industries such as healthcare and energy.  Set around the theme of ‘Digital Forensics and Incident Response', players assume the role of cybersecurity consultants who were tasked to track funds stolen from a coin-mining operation and investigate a potential incident involving data exfiltration.

During the full day competition, players were graded by assessors from CSA, BAE Systems and Singtel as they displayed their cybersecurity knowledge in domains such as cryptomining, reverse engineering, and forensics analysis. The players then presented their findings to a panel of experts which comprised Mr Wong Choon Bong, Deputy Director (Ecosystem Development), CSA; Mr Tee Cheong Siang, Deputy Head (Technology Crime Investigation Branch), Singapore Police Force; Mr Wilson Tan, Director (Cyber Security Institute), Singtel and Mr Colin Robertson, Cyber Security Account Director, BAE Systems.

The six winners with the highest individual scores won an all-expenses paid trip to the United Kingdom (UK) to compete in the Masterclass Final from 24 to 26 November 2018.

Deputy Chief Executive (Operations), CSA, Mr Ng Hoo Ming, said, “The Challenge is a great platform for us to identify talent and expose participants to the exciting possibilities of a career in cybersecurity. The players did well on the different challenges and were able to present strong evidence and clear arguments to support their findings. We look forward to discovering more cybersecurity talents in the next run of the Challenge.”

Mr Victor Yeo, General Manager, BAE Systems, said, “BAE Systems is proud to partner CSA to co-organise the Cybersecurity Challenge competition once again. Our competition platform team has been evolving the challenges with each competition we support over the years. We hope participants enjoyed the challenges selected this year. BAE Systems recognises the importance for the cybersecurity industry to attract and develop the next generation of engineers, analysts and specialists and we are honoured to be part of this initiative.”


About the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) provides dedicated and centralised oversight of national cybersecurity functions, and works with sector leads to protect Singapore’s critical services. It also engages with various industries, and stakeholders to heighten cybersecurity awareness as well as to ensure the holistic development of Singapore’s cybersecurity landscape. The Agency is part of the Prime Minister’s Office and is managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information. 

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