Winner of Cyber Security Challenge UK announced

Winner of Cyber Security Challenge UK announced

The winner of this year's Cyber Security Challenge UK has been unveiled.

Adam Tonks, a 21-year-old computing student from Cirencester beat thousands of entrants, and 41 fellow finalists, following a year of online and face-to-face cyber battles to search for talent.

During the two-day Masterclass final, Adam impressed judges and can now choose from a range of career-boosting prizes.

This includes prizes worth over £100,000, including industry training, university courses and access to strategic industry events.

Commenting about the developments, Mr Tonks said: "I’m absolutely shocked but honoured to be the winner of this year’s Cyber Security Challenge.

"I’ve learned so much from the whole experience and, although it’s been a gruelling few days, I’ve had a lot of fun working through every element that has been thrown at us by the UK’s best cyber professionals. I’m really proud of this achievement."

This year, the Masterclass began on March 11th 2015, at BT Centre. Candidates were tasked with preventing a terrorist attack on HMS Belfast.

Participants went head-to-head to find out how the fictitious group – known as the Flag Day Associates managed to seize control of the simulated network.

Applicants had to take back control of the gun systems and hunt for similar "holes" in the IT system of a simulated water treatment and manufacturing facility.

Speaking about this year's final, Stephanie Daman, chief executive of Cyber Security Challenge UK, explained: "We put them in the situations they can expect to experience as full-time professionals. With the skills level on show we are confident that any one of our finalists would represent a highly valuable addition to our profession."

The final was developed by collaborators from BT, GCHQ, NCA, Lockheed Martin, Airbus Group, C3IA, PGI and Palo Alto Networks.

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