Sheffield Hallam University Announces the Winner of Its 'Capture the Hacker' Competition

Sheffield Hallam University, one of the UK's largest universities, today announces Aditya Damodaran as the winner of its 'Capture the Hacker', an ethical computer hacking competition that was launched sometime in March 2014 in two separate events h

Sheffield Hallam University announces the winner of its 'Capture the Hacker' competition
Winner gets a full fee scholarship to study MSc. Information Security Systems at the university campus
New Delhi, June 27, 2014: Sheffield Hallam University, one of the UK's largest universities, today announces Aditya Damodaran as the winner of its 'Capture the Hacker', an ethical computer hacking competition that was launched sometime in March 2014 in two separate events held in Bangalore and Delhi. The winner will now get a full-fee scholarship to study MSc. Information Systems Security course at the university campus in the UK in the September 2014 session.

The masters course in Information Systems Security at Sheffield Hallam University is one of its kind in the world to include BSI accredited ISO27001 lead auditor certification. Among the modules which Aditya will study are information security management, ethical hacking, system hardening and computer forensics. He will also benefit from the university's strong ties with the industry and guest speakers including computing experts from Mozilla and Blackberry.

The 22-year-old Damodaran attended one of the series of workshops and lectures held which demonstrated the skills required to become an ethical computer hacker. He then entered the competition which involved analysing a series of data streams to identify any security breaches - an imitation of how computer security experts work to protect systems from computer hackers.

While sharing his experience and excitement, Aditya Damodaran, who has recently completed his studies in B. Tech Computer Science and Engineering from Christ University, Bangalore said: "I felt elated to hear that my application for the competition was successful. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about a branch of computer science that I find very interesting."

Neil Richardson, Course Leader, MSc Information Systems Security, Sheffield Hallam University, who had come to India to launch the competition said, "We know that there are increasing opportunities for students to seek career opportunities in the field of cyber security and ethical hacking. In the UK market alone, cyber security is estimated to be worth almost £2.8 billion. We would like to congratulate Aditya for his success in winning this scholarship. We set a difficult task and he did extremely well. We look forward to welcoming him to Sheffield in September".

Sheffield Hallam University has a range of scholarships and bursaries. Applicants in India can still apply for the Transform Together scholarships until 31 July 2014. These include full-fee scholarships for postgraduate study and half-fee scholarships for undergraduate courses. For more information, visit www.shu.ac.uk/international/scholarships-bursaries

About Sheffield Hallam University: Sheffield Hallam University dates back to 1843 and is one of the most progressive universities in the United Kingdom. Sheffield Hallam is currently offering 750+ courses to 35,000 students including more than 4,000 international students from more than 100 different countries. Sheffield Hallam also has collaborations with several Indian Universities including Vidyalankar School of Technology, Mumbai, Symbiosis International University, Pune, Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, Delhi, Christ University, Bangalore, Techno India NJR, Udaipur, Bhagwant Group of Institution, Jaipur, Chennai, TAPMI, Manipal.

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