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Singapore holds Cybersecurity Challenge to attract industry talents

With the goal of inspiring and attracting cyber enthusiasts to be part of the cybersecurity profession, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) has organized a series of event that showcases competitions and challenges.

The Cybersecurity Challenge Singapore showcases its key component called CyPhinx, which is a virtual 3D skyscraper acting as gateway to various games, competitions, and ciphers serving players from different age brackets and competency levels.

In this challenge, gamers can generate avatars, get access in cybersecurity game challenges, mingle with similar cyber fanatics, and show their skills to potential employers and fellow players.

Game challenges in coding, forensic analysis, incident analysis, vulnerability assessment, attack strategies, and malware investigation.

The Cyber Security Challenge UK, an organization backed by the UK government, launched the CyPhinx.

It was an initiative that resulted from the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Cyber Security Cooperation between the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom and CSA.

“Cybersecurity is a fast-growing industry. However, it is a relatively new area and many cybersecurity enthusiasts may not be aware of what the job entails or the exciting opportunities available. With the introduction of the Challenge, we want to unearth budding cybersecurity talents and give them a platform to challenge themselves and at the same time, showcase their skills to potential employers. We are pleased to partner like-minded industry leaders to offer training and internship opportunities to help them develop their cybersecurity competency, ” David Koh, CSA chief executive, said in a statement.

Qualifying period for the event started on March 22 and will conclude on June 14. The players in top 30 will compete in a Face-to-Face match on July 22 as organized by BAE Systems and CSA.

Six winners will receive prizes, including BAE systems, Palo Alto Networks, (ISC)² training courses, and PwC Singapore. An all-expenses paid trip to the UK, to compete against UK players in its Masterclass Final on November 12-14, is also up for grabs.

The Cybersecurity Challenge is, however, open only to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents not currently in the cybersecurity field. Cyber enthusiasts can visit https://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk for more information.

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