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Thousands Sign Up For UK Cyber Security Challenge

Nearly 4,000 people have registered for the UK Cyber Security Challenge, and the competition organisers still expects the number to grow.

According to tech news site Computer Weekly, nearly 4,000 users have registered for one of the three competitions, launched about two months ago in the UK, aimed at finding gifted security experts and nurture their talent.

"The level of interest in the challenge just goes to show why we need this type of inspirational and exciting initiative. We have already identified nearly 4,000 potential candidates and we expect many more through the doors," said Stewart Room, a board member at the Cyber Security Challenge and partner at Field Fisher Water House, a law company.

Currently there are three competitions, the SANS and Sophos Treasure Hunt; the QinetiQ Network Defence competition; and the US Department for Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Digital Forensics Challenge.

The competitions have been organised by a number of educational, government and security organisations to tackle the shortage of web security experts against increasing threats across the globe.