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Lockheed hosts cyber security competition

Security contest simulated a cyber attack on oil & gas company

Lockheed hosts cyber security competition
The competition tested teams in a simulated cyber attack on an oil & gas company.

Lockheed Martin has held a competition to test undergraduate IT skills in dealing with a cyber attack on an oil and gas company.

The competition, which was won by the United Arab Emirates University team, put 20 undergraduate students through a series of challenges that simulated an attack on an oil & gas operator. The aim of the competition was to give students hands-on experience in a possible future work role.

Teams from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), and Tawazun, Khalifa University, UAE University, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic and Zayed University participated in the competition, which was held at the Centre for Innovation & Security Solutions, Masdar Institute campus, on 9th November.

The competition was supported by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), and Tawazun.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr. Mohamed Yousif Baniyas, executive director, Higher Education Sector at ADEC said: "Working together with an industry leader like Lockheed Martin on this important challenge plays an important role in ADEC's overall strategic commitment to train students on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related activities, as well as contributes significantly in supporting research and innovation across higher education institutions.

"The selected students took part in the UAE's first cyber-based challenge, which aligns with ADEC's focus on experiential learning in science and technology. Our future generation is being exposed to different learning opportunities with emphasis on invention, innovation and creativity, which is both helpful for their personal career paths as well as for the nation as a whole," he added.

Dr Steve Griffiths, vice president for Research, Masdar Institute, said: "Masdar Institute's participation in establishing the first-ever UAE Cyber Security Challenge illustrates the strength of our support for this topic of vital importance to the UAE power and water sector. It also reflects our commitment to developing the next generation of science and engineering manpower. We are delighted to partner with Lockheed Martin, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and Tawazun in this initiative to demonstrate the capability of locally available talent for leading-edge information and communication technology domain. We believe the competition brought out the very best among the students."

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