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Apprentice cyber security star will go far

Cyber Security Star George Hafiz
A Maritime apprentice has won a national challenge to fight off virtual cyber threats. Beating 19 other competitors 21-year-old George Hafiz from Portsmouth and his team of five spent the day battling it out in cyberspace eventually emerging victorious.

The Sophos Wireless Infrastructure Challenge, which was held by Cyber Security consultancy Sophos involved participants from across the UK using Raspberry Pi devices to fight off virtual threats, find holes in real life networks and battle the 'bad guys' in real time.

George's skills stood out throughout the day resulting in him winning the chance to attend a special master class to combat future cyber threats with industry leaders next year.
    
George, who started his fourth year as a Technical Apprentice at BAE Systems in September, is delighted with his win. He says: "I am so pleased to have won the competition and get the chance to attend such a prestigious master class. The support I have received from BAE Systems to develop what is a hobby into my work has really helped."

Martin Cooper, Finance & IM&T Director for BAE Systems Maritime Services said: "The future of our business is built on secure systems and the threat of cyber-attack is ever growing. Ensuring we have skilled people who can protect our cyber security for the future is imperative to our success; we are very excited to have talented people like George on our apprentice programme."  

James Lyne, Global Head of Security Research at Sophos said: “The level of skill of the challengers was fantastic – they identified, attacked and performed forensics on all manner of wireless issues that are identical to those experienced by SMEs and consumers across the UK. The programming and drone elements show how the digital world can impact the physical, and I was impressed with how quickly everyone took to it.”

BAE Systems will be accepting applications for next year's apprentice intake until the end of February 2014. For more information please visit our Apprenticeship Opportunities pages.