Eamon O’Tuathail, a Dun Laoghaire-based IT consultant and developer has been named Microsoft EMEA Security Champion. O’Tuathail fought off competition from seven other contenders from all over Europe to take home a championship belt and a cheque for €10,000.
O’Tuathail qualified for the championship by taking part in an online competition. 60,000 hopefuls were asked multiple choice questions on security and related matters.
The 5,000 top competitors then moved on to the next rounds, which whittled numbers down to 500 and then eight. The eight finalists were brought to The Netherlands at Microsoft’s expense where they took part in a face-to-face quiz show. The event was recorded and will be streamed from the Microsoft EMEA website (http://www.microsoft.com/emea) at a later date.
For O’Tuathail, the main benefit of the championship is the prestige. “That’s worth a lot more than €10,000,” he told siliconrepublic.com.
By David Sterwart