Sophos' Linux Forensics competition, in association with Cyber Security Challenge, will begin next week.

The infosec company is set to launch its second Linux challenge on Monday 27th August that will test contestants' skills in identifying security issues on a Linux system. As well as detecting a series of attacks against the server, competitors will be asked to detail exactly how it has been compromised and make recommendations on how to fix the problems. Registrations close on Wednesday 22nd August.

James Lyne, director of technology strategy at Sophos, said: “Last year we ran the first Linux competition and we're keen to boost the numbers in this year's competition and also to make some more noise about the Linux skills gap.

“There have been some steps towards improving the ICT curriculum in schools but we can no longer stick our heads in the sand. The web is the main tool used by cyber criminals to target both business and consumers so we still need to do much more to teach vital skills such as Linux programming in schools and universities and to nurture the young Linux generation.”

Tony Campbell, CIO of InfoSec Skills, said: “While Microsoft Windows remains the most widely used operating system in the home, it is important to realise that most IT utility services we rely on as consumers do not use Microsoft technologies.

“Computing appliances that apply services such as our e-commerce systems, telecommunication services and web hosting, are almost certainly based on one of the many Unix/Linux variants available, however the skills deficit for managing these systems is a growing problem.”