Saturday, 25 September 2021

Cyber finalist

A MAN from Sonning Common was a finalist in the national Cyber Security Challenge.

A MAN from Sonning Common was a finalist in the national Cyber Security Challenge.

Joseph Greenwood, 20, of Baskerville Road, won £3,500 worth of industry courses and prizes after reaching the final 40 competitors.

The former pupil of St Martin’s Primary School in Caversham, who is a member of the Henley Sea Cadets, had to prove himself as one of the best candidates to protect the UK from cyber crime, hackers and computer viruses.

He first entered the competition in 2010 and had to find, fix and exploit vulnerabilities in a mock missile control system before being selected for the final in Bristol. Challenges in the final included analysing communications and IT equipment in a mock Formula 1 team.

Mr Greenwood, who is studying aeronautical engineering at Bristol University, said: “I really enjoyed the experience — it’s a fantastic way to get people interested and involved in cyber security as a whole.

“It’s an industry that’s only going to grow and to be on the cusp of that wave is very exciting indeed.”

“It’s an industry that’s only going to grow and to be on the cusp of that wave is very exciting indeed.”

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