October marks European Cybersecurity month – and what better way to kick things off than with the Scottish Universities Cybersecurity Challenge, a two-day long camp which saw some of the nation’s finest cyber-brains duke it out for the top spot – and the honour of being crowned Scottish Cyber University of the Year.
If you’ve seen our recent post on the breadth of the growing skills gap in the cybersecurity industry, then you’ll know exactly why we’ve chosen to support an event like the cybersecurity challenge. The students competing in this year’s challenge will shape the security landscape in years to come. As cyber-attacks continue to grow in frequency and severity and the prospect of cyber warfare becomes ever more likely, it’s never been more important to nurture cybersecurity skills for the benefit of all in society.
Commissum sat alongside big-name industry sponsors, each of whom had devised their own challenge to test the mettle of competitors. Saturday saw teams compete in a capture the flag competition before the real test – a very special Cybersecurity Quiz Challenge compiled and crafted by some of Commissum’s most devious minds.
To the victors would go the inaugural Commissum Cyber Quiz Challenge Cup, the bragging rights of besting their opponents in this battlefield of wits, and a stack of PC World gift cards. To the rest of the field, a slightly sore head and a renewed conviction to raise the stakes in the following day’s challenges.
Following a short presentation to introduce the challengers to the Commissum brand, it was over to Commissum’s own Marketing guru and quizmaster Jack Matthews to deliver the questions that would plague and pick at the minds of both those in the room and the Twittersphere – live-Tweeted highlights of the quiz can be found on the Challenge organiser’s feed, and social highlights from the event can be found in the gallery below.
After five rounds fraught with anguish and uncertainty – taking a break at the halfway point for beer and pizza, of course – the quiz ended and as the scores were tallied up, the competitors were treated to a Q&A session, hosted by Commissum’s head of Sales & Marketing Frank Green, with some of Commissum’s brightest graduate talent. Our very own Mona Yang, Caius Gurgu and Robert Cretu took questions from the crowd and gave the participants a flavour of what it’s like to work for a small, growing cybersecurity firm – the freedom to create and lead your own development path and the ability to have a real say and difference in the shape of the company featured strongly as perks of working at Commissum, along with close proximity to the Shore’s quirky nightlife.
Following the Q&A, Commissum CEO Martin Finch took to the stage to present the prestigious trophy and tech vouchers to the winning team – Abertay Hackers (or Abertay Slackers as they wrote on their quiz sheet).
Abertay would go on to take third overall in the weekend’s challenges, with Edinburgh University’s Byte_Me team taking first place overall.
On behalf of Commissum, we’d like to extend our thanks to the challenge’s organisers, the teams and competitors who took part and gave it their all after a full day of challenges on Saturday 1st October, and to the venue CodeClan.
We look forward to building on our relationship with Cyber Security Challenge UK and helping to develop the next generation of security professionals.