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A computer science student from Lancaster University has become the UK winner of the digital forensics challenge, a global competition designed and hosted by the US Department of Defense. Christopher Richardson (AKA Ikarus) came first in the UK and ninth internationally among 1,791 competitors from 52 countries. The challenge …

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And how exactly...

... is a student doing a PhD in intrusion detection systems a 'fresh source of cyber security talent' to be 'unearthed'?

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Er,

Because he's still young and hasn't yet had a job?

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Would have thought that was obvious.

It's well known that academia and business are separated by quite a wide gulf.

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No pressure for us runners up then! Very well done, though.

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Wel done to the man, however...

The process is flawed as it only selects those people who are prepared to enter the competition.

Have you ever tried to learn a language, or a programming language, or just learned to cook?

Most people don't really get to be good at something unless they are actually using it.

It thus follows that there's probably many more out there who would be just as good, but will never know because it takes 2.99792456 years to get DV cleared, and they have better things to do in their time off, than enter solve problems for no pay.

Still, as it obvious from the recent slew of articles, perhaps it's people happy to work for less than the average MPs son gets in his summer job, they're looking for.

Just to repeat however, well done to the man.

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Re: Wel done to the man, however

>The process is flawed as it only selects those people who are prepared to enter the competition

That's easily solved, next time it will be compulsory for everybody to enter.

Let's take this to it's logical conclusion and make every competition compulsory. Might push the London Olympics even further over budget and the games might not be over before the next ones are due to begin but at least we'll know that the winner of the 100m really does deserve the gold medal.

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and then

he can get a 25K/year job at GCHQ.

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Or...

That's just public sector. If he goes private, he could earn around 80K!

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25K/year???

Will that pay be commensurate with his talents?

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Anonymous Coward

$25K

Does that mean he can apply for a $25K job?

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WTF?

£2,000 of security training?

Er...shouldn't he be the one *giving* the training?

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well done

good for you, Ikarus

p.s. ignore the whiney sneers of the likes of Nicolae Ceausescu

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Anonymous Coward

Sounds a bit like

A girly swot.

A clever one, mind.

Anon today, just for fun.

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