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Seventh Annual Singapore Cyber Conquest Championship Winners Announced

Winners to Head to Washington, D.C. to Compete in SANS NetWars Tournament of Champions

  • Singapore
  • October 11, 2016

Winners of the seventh annual Singapore Cyber Conquest Championship were announced at Singapore International Cyber Week hosted by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore.

The winning team, the National University of Singapore (NUS), will go on to represent Singapore at the Global NetWars Tournament of Champions in Washington DC.

The 2016 Singapore Cyber Conquest was driven by SANS NetWars, a dynamic cyber range that allows participants to build, practice, and measure their skills in real-world defensive, analytic, and offensive practices, covering the following skill areas: vulnerability assessment, packet analysis, penetration testing, system hardening, malware analysis, digital forensics and incident response. SANS NetWars is based on five distinct levels, each of which is designed for people who have achieved a given skill set, ranging from participants new to the industry all the way up to those who have demonstrated their mastery of information security capabilities:

Level 1: This level is for people new to the information security industry.
Level 2: At this level, participants have achieved solid capabilities, and represent the largest player community in SANS NetWars, as they work to build their skills even further to differentiate themselves from the pack.
Level 3: People at this level have achieved something quite significant: they've exceeded the capability of the average info sec person, and proudly continue to grow to the next level.
Level 4: Some people say that there's a phrase for SANS NetWars participants who achieve this level: "Hire or promote them immediately!" That's due to their demonstration of excellence in solving even the most challenging Infosec challenges.
Level 5: In Level 5, master Infosec gurus battle against each other in a castle-vs-castle face-off. This level is seldom reached in a SANS NetWars tournament.

After an exhausting seven-straight hours of computer hacking, problem solving and mental gymnastics, the winners of the seventh annual Singapore Cyber Conquest Championship were determined. Out of 27 teams, the overall result was impressive. 21 teams reached NetWars level three, and four teams achieved NetWars level four.

  1. First place team: Yeo Quan Yang and Jeremy Heng Wen Ming from the National University of Singapore (NUS) will represent Singapore at the SANS NetWars Tournament of Champions. This even will be held December 15-16 in Washington DC. In addition they will receive training scholarships at SANS CyberDefense Initiative 2016.
  2. Second place team: Kwek Ming Hong from the University of Warwick and Kok Kiat Han from Royal Holloway, University of London will receive training scholarships at SANS Secure Singapore 2017.
  3. Third place team: Devesh Logendran and Josephine Tanadi from Ngee Ann Polytechnic will receive scholarships for SANS online training courses.

"The Singapore Cyber Conquest competitors demonstrated an impressive capability level, moving through the tournament levels with a speed on par with the world's best in the industry," said Pieter Danhieux, SANS Principal Instructor and the NetWars Tournament Moderator.

"Congratulations to the winning team and we look forward to having them represent Singapore at the NetWars Tournament of Champions in Washington DC this December," said Suresh Mustapha, SANS Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region. "Singapore clearly has a strong cohort of emerging Cyber Security leaders."

For additional information on the SANS NetWars Tournament of Champions 15-16 Dec., at SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2016, please visit: www.sans.org/cyber-defense-initiative-2016

Please contact AsiaPacific@sans.org for further inquiries.

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (https://www.sans.org)