Cyber security competition success for Perse pupil
22 Sep 2020
Daniel Chen (Year 11) displayed his cyber security skills to enjoy success in an international computer science competition.
He joined forces with three friends, aged 15 to 18, whom he met virtually through the Cyber Discovery Elite programme, to take part in the Cyber Defense NetWars competition, organised by information security training specialists SANS.
Their mission was to defend a computer system from imaginary hackers through a series of challenges during the two-day event, including threat hunting, analysing data logs and cryptography.
Despite coming up against teams from across the world, many featuring industry professionals, Daniel’s team came third overall and were awarded prestigious SANS Challenge Coins for their efforts.
Daniel was thrilled with how his team had done against much more experienced opposition.
He said: “We were notified about the competition while we were doing the Cyber Discovery Elite course so we thought we’d give it a go and see how we did.
“We were really surprised and so happy. We didn’t expect to do anywhere near as well as we did. We were third in the team category, but we solved all the questions, so the moderator said it was only fair to give us the Coin prize.
“I’ve always liked problem solving, so it was really good fun doing this competition.”