Teenager crowned 2018 UK cyber security champion

27 November, 2018 . 149 views


Teenager beat off competition from 41 other cyber security enthusiasts from across the UK, and six from Singapore, in the UK Cyber Security Challenge final

Charlie Hosier has won the 2018 UK Cyber Security Challenge after beating off competition from 41 other cyber security enthusiasts from across the UK, and six from Singapore, in the final in London.

 

The 19-year-old from York, a student at Edinburgh Napier University, was awarded the top prize in the 2018 competition at the end of the three-day final round.

Developed by Barclays and backed by the UK government, this year’s “Cryptofactor” challenge saw teams employ complex defence methods to expose an attack on a fictional cryptocurrency exchange firm.

The final, which followed a series of rigorous security-based qualifying competitions throughout the year, put the skills of the budding codebreakers to the test.

The winning team of seven were aged between 18 and 34 and hailed from Bournemouth, Bradford, London, Great Missenden and Chilworth.

Overall winner Hosier described the final as an “amazing” and “challenging” experience. “I still can’t believe I won,” he said. “It’s an amazing feeling and has given me a great opportunity to get my dream job in cyber security.”

Held at Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf, the final tasked competitors with managing a cyber security attack in the role of a security team that works with a number of fintech and cryptocurrency clients.

The scenario was constructed in the light of successful attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges and services providers in recent years, which have led to a weakening of trust in cryptocurrencies and sent shockwaves through the industry.




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