GCHQ challenges UK amateurs to defend government from cyber attacks
GCHQ – defend the nation
The competition is designed and run by the government’s communications intelligence agency, GCHQ. It requires competitors to manage the risks posed by attacks – from hostile states, organised criminal cyber gangs or individual hackers – to a simulated government IT system.
Balancing the Defence, as the competition is known, is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is not actively working in cyber security.
Competitors will be tasked with analysing a mocked-up network typical of government departments. They will be asked to look for vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit, prioritise the threats and, while working to a tight budget, suggest a range of defensive controls, both technical and policy-based, to reduce the risk to the network.
A GCHQ spokesman said: “Cyber Security Challenge UK has proved itself a very accomplished mechanism for finding new talent. We hope this competition will uncover those who have the vital mix of technical ability and business awareness to make tough decisions in the best interest of an organisation. At GCHQ we are committed to finding and developing the new cyber security skills in the UK and these are the skills sets employers including ourselves are most interested in.”
The competition will take place from 1 to 8 October 2012.
What’s the motive behind this?
- Good fun
- Cheap way for a govt to test their security?
- A way to locate talented crackers – to work for GCHQ
- A way to build a cyber warfare team – Simon Cowell style