British security firms are hunting to find the next generation of computer geniuses in the country to join the fight against cyber crime.
Some of the best computer brains in the country met on Saturday at the offices of Sophos, an Internet security company, for a cyber war game designed to identify the most talented individuals.
Cyber security firms said that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the best computer minds because the teaching in schools and universities is not sophisticated enough, Sky News reports.
The Cyber Security Challenge UK is designed to bypass the education system and spot raw talent and aptitude.
The challenge sees candidates taking on the role of forensics and defence specialists working for the UK Government.
For nearly three hours they encountered the nastiest creations of both cyber criminal gangs and nation states, as they run rampant in a virtual environment.
According to the report, all of the attacks are based on real-life scenarios.
Candidates presented their findings to a judging panel and made recommendations on actions to be taken.
The most successful participants will most likely be offered jobs or bursaries that will help them forge a career in the industry.
Online security expert James Lyne said that many of the successful candidates will likely go on to positions in banking, utilities or even national security, the report said.
He said that they will literally be on the frontline in the battle against nation states and cyber criminals.
The Cyber Security Challenge UK is sponsored by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) and Raytheon, a major defence contractor, it added. (ANI)