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[ISN] UK cyber challenge aims to fill IT talent shortage

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Jan 18 2011 - 07:54:22 GMT

By Jeremy Kirk
IDG News Service
January 17, 2011

Paul Laverack of London is an actor, but he's considering a possible
career change -- to computer security.

It's a somewhat unlikely career transition, but is one of the many
examples of how a country-wide competition designed to spur interest in
computer security, the U.K. Cyber Security Challenge, is already working
as intended.

Launched last year, the challenge is a series of competitions that
anyone can enter, in fields ranging from digital forensics to network
security. More than 4,000 people registered to be part of the program,
including Laverack, who won one of the competitions, the DC3 Digital
Forensics Challenge.

Laverack, who lives in East London, has never been employed in IT and
has a degree in psychology. For the forensics challenge, he completed a
series of increasingly difficult tasks from doing rudimentary file
analysis to recovering the partition of a hard drive. As part of the
prize, he will get to attend a week-long security academy hosted by the
security vendor Detica that is usually for the company's new recruits.


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