(From left) Yong, Son, Dr Valliappan and Tan with their mock cheque and certificates of participation.
KUCHING: A computer science team from Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus emerged runners-up in the inaugural Borneo Cyber Security Challenge.
The team, who called themselves Mr Robot 3.0, comprised students Jonathan Yong, Nguyen Thanh Son and Tan Zhong Yan.
They competed against teams from Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan in the Attack and Defence – Capture the Flag competition in the event held at Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
Engineering, Computing and Science Faculty senior lecturer Dr Valliappan Raman said the team’s participation exposed the students to different types of cyber attacks and gave them greater awareness of the risks involved in computer networking.
According to him, there is high demand for network security experts in IT companies worldwide.
“This is because cyber threats are on the rise, so new methodologies, cybersecurity products and tools are needed to protect infrastructures, businesses and organisations,” he said.
Yong said he was nervous about joining the competition as his knowledge in network security was still lacking.
“But by pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I have learned so much.
“The presence of knowledgeable competitors was rather intimidating.
“In the end, it was a worthwhile experience, especially when we were announced as the runners-up,” he said.
Vietnamese student Nguyen added that the opportunity to meet peers in a competitive yet friendly environment was a valuable life experience.
“It inspired me to keep on learning and of course it was fun.
“Hopefully, there will be more competitions such as this for us to participate in and to challenge ourselves, to grow and to unlock our potential,” he said.
About 600 participants took part in the two-day event, which was jointly organised by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and Universiti Malaysia Sabah’s Faculty of Computing and Informatics.