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Young cyber defenders awarded in Dubai

Competition identifies next generation security experts

A young crop of cyber security experts was recognised as dozens of students showed off their skills in the national CyberQuest competition in Abu Dhabi.
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Dubai: A young crop of cyber security experts was recognised for their skills at the national CyberQuest competition in Dubai.

The four-day event which began on October 7 aims to uncover protectors of cyberspace with an ability to shape the first digital defence line against cyber-attacks and piracy.

Organised by Signals Intelligence Agency, the event has seen 60 contestants from a number of universities across the UAE taking part.

In the Cyber Exercise contest, Brylle Ryan Ang Gomez, Qamar Hossam Elden Takwa and Youssef Awad from team ‘DDoS’ took the first place, while the second place went to Fahed Nasser Mohammad Al Kaabi, Mohammad Faisal Abdul Mannan, and Saeed Abdulla Al Shamsi from team Hash, and the third place went to Mariam Abdullah Al Abdouli, Latifa Al Kaabi and Alya Rasheed Salem Bin Thabet Al Qaydi from team Anti-Malware.

The CyberQuest competition is dedicated for identifying outstanding talents in the field of cyber security and raising students’ awareness of the importance of cyber security.

“The competitions have demonstrated the presence of many young talents in the field of cybersecurity. They have proved their ability to absorb advanced technologies. The support and motivation of these participants today will lead to the graduation of many experts in the field in the future, giving the UAE a generation of protectors of cyberspace,” said an official spokesperson of the Signals Intelligence Agency.

This year’s version of the event also saw the launch of ‘Best Cyber Security Awareness Video’ competition, which rewarded distinguished student work and encouraged them to innovate as well as raise awareness among the community about the dangers of cybercrime.

The first position in this competition went to Gala Adel Al Mazroui, while Mariam Abdullah Al Abdouli got the second place, and the third place went to the team consisting of Moza Obaid Al Suwaidi, Alia Fahad Al Numaimi, and Shamayel Khamis Al Hafeeti.

Held at Festival Arena in Dubai, the event runs until October 10, allowing visitors to experience interactive activities and training workshops.