Cambridge student in Cyber security challenge

A Cambridge High School student was named runner up in a Cyber Security Challenge held through the University of Waikato.

Team Hodor from the Gallagher Group was the overall winner, but Cambridge 17-year-old Michael Robertson was a solo entrant competing in the secondary schools category.

He also won scholarships to the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the university. 

A team from Tararua College from the Manawatu-Wanganui region came second in the same category.

Organiser Dr Ryan Ko said the goal of the challenge was to focus on developing cyber security skills needed by professionals, and to promote innovations in the cyber field.

"Ethics play an important role in our daily job as cyber security professionals.

"It was especially encouraging to see high school students making up more than 50 per cent of the participants," he said.

"When asked about their career aspirations, many of these students told us they didn't wish to be hackers, but aspired to invent cool security technologies to counter the unsustainable number of attacks faced by organisations world wide."

As well as keeping competition servers stable while they are being hacked, staff from the Cyber Security Lab recorded the event data for research purposes such as predictive analytics, attack and defence behaviour.

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