A former Whitcliffe Mount pupil has triumphed in a global cyber security competition considered to be the toughest in the world.
Glyn Snowden was placed second overall in the 2013 DC Digital Forensics Challenge, designed by experts at the US Department of Defence.
The competition is designed to give entrants a taste of the demanding challenges faced by those solving cyber crime. The exercises required entrants to submit answers and methods to solve a wide range of puzzles.
The competition is meant for teams, but Glyn entered on his own under the name “Professor Snowman”. He just lost out on the top spot by a handful of points to a team of four from $25bn US security and defence technology giant Northrop Grumman, making him the highest-ranked civilian in the competition.
This year saw more submissions than ever before, with 1,254 teams from 49 countries around the world entering.
“The calibre of the other teams was extraordinarily high and it’s not yet sunk in that I was the overall civilian winner and UK winner,” said Glyn. “I’ve always been interested in cyber security and now that the internet is such a huge part of our daily lives I believe that it’s important for everyone to understand what it means to be safe online.”
Stephanie Daman, CEO, Cyber Security Challenge UK added: “Glyn’s success is remarkable when you consider that he was up against teams of military security professionals.”
Glyn went to Whitcliffe Mount then studied A-levels including IT at Dewsbury College before attending university in Bradford, Huddersfield and Bedford. His mum Nora – also a former student of the college – said the IT course laid the foundation for his career: “It was a very important step on his way up,” she said. Glyn has worked as a senior technical support officer at the University of Huddersfield for 21 years.
For more information on IT courses at Kirklees College visit www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk