25 May 2011

UK looks for next line cyber-fighters

To help combat against cyber criminals, the U.K.’s computer security industry is trying to find the next tech-savvy workers to protect against hackers, according to a recent report by the Financial Times.

The government’s Cabinet Office and internet security companies are planning to launch the Cyber Security Challenge in order to find new talent. The competition is open to any citizen, and the prizes include thousands of dollars worth of scholarships to universities and internships with security companies, the report stated.

Last year’s competition included more than 4,000 participants and was won by 33-year-old Dan Summers. The runner-up was a 17-year-old college student and actor. The winners received more than $60,000 worth of tuition and training.

“I have been interested in computers since I was a wee kid, and I always wanted to get into the security industry, but I thought it was a closed door,” said Summers, about winning the competition.

In a survey of more than 1,000 Americans, Unisys revealed that the largest concern of respondents is internet security. Overall, the security index, which measures consumer perceptions on a scale of zero to 300, was 164, with 300 representing the highest level of concern.