British amateur named world's best cyber defender in hacking challenge by U.S. military
A British software developer has been named the world's top civilian computer security expert in a competition by the U.S military.
Chris Doman, 26, from Essex finished as the highest-ranked civilian and second overall in the 2012 Digital Forensics Challenge, which was held by the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Centre.
According to the Daily Mail, he beat almost 2,000 cyber defenders from 53 countries, losing out only to a professional team from multi-billion pound U.S. aerospace and defence firm Northrop Grumman.
Two more British amateurs, Matt Bartlet and Chris Moore, finished in the top 12.
The DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge is a global competition, and is considered one of the toughest forensic competitions in the world.
Areas covered in the competition include file signatures, hashing metadata, data hiding, communication recovery, and information concealment.
Doman is a computer science graduate, a former web developer, and the co-founder of Ignite Research, a start-up he set up in 2009 with a school friend to tackle various projects using their software expertise, the report said.
Despite his obvious talents with information technology, success in the DC3 competition came as a surprise and has prompted him to start applying for his first job in cyber security, the report added.
Doman's success in the DC3 competition has also booked him a place in the next competition run by Cyber Security Challenge UK, the Sophos Malware Hunt in January.