University of NSW team takes out Cyber Security Challenge

Team has won a trip to the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas

A team of students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has once again won Telstra’s annual Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA).

John Cramb, Evgeny Martynov, Oliver Chang and Benjamin John Faull have received an all-expenses paid trip to the Black Hat security conference held in Las Vegas in August 2014.

In 2013, the UNSW also won the 24-hour challenge, which pits teams from universities around Australia against each other as they work to test the security risks of a fake online company. Teams were awarded points for penetration testing, coding challenges and their ability to analyse problems.

Teams from UNSW took out the top three places. The University of Sydney come fourth place, followed by UNSW, Monash University, Flinders University, Australian National University , Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University.

According to Telstra CISO Mike Burgess, it received a “record number” of entries for CySCA this year with 55 teams from 22 universities and TAFEs around the country taking part.

“We want to attract bright young minds to the field of information security because the more good people we have working on this side, it will be better for all users of the Internet,” he told Computerworld Australia.

According to Burgess, there is a shortage of “skilled people” in the cyber security field and Telstra is addressing this through its own information security training program.

“We look for people who have a passion for privacy and security. If they have a good technical aptitude and a willingness to learn, that’s a great start,” he said.

In the past 18 months, Telstra has taken on nine male and female trainees who are just starting their first year at a university or TAFE. Telstra also hired one male who took part in the 2013 CySCA. The graduate is working in the company’s exercise control division.

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