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Cyber Security Challenge UK announces first set of Masterclass Finalists

Published: 27/11/12

Orange and Prodrive Risk Analysis winners announced following face to face showdown

The winners of the Orange and Prodrive Risk Analysis competition have been announced following a weekend of cyber challenges that invited competitors to battle head to head at Prodrive UK's HQ.

The Orange and Prodrive Risk Analysis competition saw Challenge candidates come up against a real life motorsport set-up, complete with Aston Martin Racing car, pit crew, technical team and a complex ICT infrastructure that connected them all. Candidates had to work as security architects to deliver practical security solutions to protect the team’s IP and confidential information from its rivals in preparation for Le Mans, the biggest date in the international racing calendar.

Competing teams battled head to head for cyber security glory, with eight competitors triumphing to achieve one of forty places in the Masterclass grand finale in March 2013. Successful competitors include: Paul Mason, Alex Mason, Sebastian Coles, Steve Martin, Steve Jarvis, Simon Richardson, Glenn Mangham, James Arden.

There was also a Team Prize for joint, overall success in the competition. First place went to Team Vanguard, who put in an incredible performance to cope with a battery of challenges thrown at them throughout the day to claim top spot. Perhaps there is a future role for them in the world of motorsport security? Dharmesh Parmar, Leo Kennedy, Edward Sobey, Stephen Miller, Anthony Cox and David Woof each won an iPad donated by Orange. The Runner-up Team was Zagato and they were awarded replica Aston Martin cars.

The contest was the first of four brand new face to face competitions launched by Cyber Security Challenge UK to test 100 qualifiers from virtual first-round competitions and determine the forty finalists for the Masterclass grand finale next year. New competitions from cyber teams at the SANS Institute, Sophos, (ISC)2 and QinetiQ that will determine the remaining finalists over the  coming months. 

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