Global information assurance firm NCC Group is to continue its investment in the next generation of cyber security talent by sponsoring its Cyber 10K competition for a second year.
The competition is designed to stimulate creative thinking and find new ideas and fresh approaches in the security industry while nurturing new talent.
With a prize of £10,000, the competition is open to any individual or group with an idea or concept that could help improve cyber security for businesses or consumers.
For this year’s competition, there are no strict categories, but NCC Group has suggested entrants focus their thinking on one of the following areas:
Cyber incident response and clean-up
Internet of things and mobile security
Consumer and user awareness, training and support
Cyber security on small budgets
The competition is seeking innovative technical and non-technical solutions that could be employed to raise awareness, test awareness and change current risky behaviours in relation to corporate and personal information.
According to the competition rules, solutions may be universal or aimed at a specific age group, vertical or sector of society.
The winning entry will receive £10,000 to develop their security idea, along with expert guidance and advice from security veterans at NCC Group.
The winner of the 2014 competition, Ian Peters, developed a threat modelling tool named Minerva – after the Roman goddess of wisdom – that enables a server to store attack surface models for large numbers of disparate applications, systems and products, allowing links to be made between them to identify security vulnerabilities proactively.
“Cyber 10K is our seed investment programme for innovative ideas in the area of cyber security,” said NCC Group CEO Rob Cotton.
“We’re passionate about stimulating creativity in this arena, and want to do our part to help solve some of the real cyber security challenges that businesses and consumers face today.”
In July 2015, the government announced a cyber security knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) fund worth £500,000 from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Innovate UK.
The fund, which is expected to support around 12 projects, will provide grants to encourage partnerships between academic institutions and cyber security companies to support innovation and to help the businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity.