The winner of the SAIC Cyber Security Challenge has been appointed as a security engineer by RandomStorm.

As announced by SC Magazine last month, Channon Powell was first in the SAIC competition and made it through to the face-to-face stage this month, completing the online round of competitions for the current Cyber Security Challenge UK.

This competition was the last in a series of seven national online games, testing candidates' skills in secure network design, forensics and investigation and discovery of malware infections.  

Powell is a Microsoft specialist and the latest appointment to RandomStorm's growing team of penetration testers and security auditors, who specialise in identifying vulnerabilities in web applications, physical security systems and networked devices.

He said: “I have held a long-term interest in online and application security and am excited to be joining such a first-rate team of security specialists. I'm keen to apply my skills in real-world applications to improve the security of RandomStorm's clients.”

Andrew Mason, technical director and co-founder of RandomStorm, said: “We have received a growing number of requests for security audits from public and private sector organisations that are concerned by the increase in online attacks on companies' customer details, financial data and IP.

“We strive to recruit the very best people in the industry to meet that demand and assist our clients in measurably improving their security. We are delighted to welcome Channon Powell to the team.”