European Cyber Security Challenge

Today, most countries lack sufficient IT security professionals to protect their IT infrastructure. The European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) is aimed at identifying new talent - by having national teams compete in a Cyber Security Challenge!

The European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC), organised by ENISA, leverages these competitions in that it adds a pan-European layer to them: The top cyber talents from each country meet to network and collaborate and finally compete against each other to determine which country has the best cyber talents. To find out which country's team is the best, contestants have to solve security related tasks from domains such as web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering and forensics and collect points for solving them.

This is the official page of the Greek Cyber Security team. The team was assembled after a qualification round, held on July 9, which determined the top 10 cyber security talents in Greece. The team competed in the Challenge 2016 finals, held in November 7-10 2016 in Dusseldorf, and ranked 5th out of a total of 10 teams.

The Greek team and participation to the Challenge was organised by TwelveSec, a leading InfoSec company, and the Department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus. The team was supported by the InfoSec community of Greece, as well as organisations like Security BSides Athens.

The 2017 Challenge will be held in H2 2017 in Spain. Sponsorships for the 2017 Greek team are open - contact us for more info.

This is the Greek team for the 2016 Challenge, ranked according to their performance in the qualifier. The team comprised of 10 members, one coach and a judge for the event.

  • Harry Mylonas (team leader)
  • Panagiotis Papantoniou
  • Giorgos Moustakas
  • Thomas Toumpoulis
  • Nikolaos Kamarinakis
  • Giannis Zaharioudakis
  • George Tsekalas
  • Petros Mantos
  • Konstantinos Spyridon Mokos
  • Ioannis Tsitos
  • Runner ups in the qualifier: Efstathios Boukikas, George Mantakos, Argiris Papaioannou, DImitrios Sapikas
  • Coach: Yiannis Koukouras
  • Judge: Dimitris Dorizas
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The focus of the Challenge is to identify new talent, so only InfoSec hobbyists and students are eligible to participate. Participants need to reside in the country they represent, be aged between 14-30, and not have professional experience in the InfoSec industry or a postgraduate degree in this field. Each team is allowed a maximum of 5 Seniors (aged 20-30) and as many Juniors as possible (aged 14-19).

Both the Qualifying Round and Final Round include a number of security-related challenges. These include web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering and forensics. Participants who solve them are awarded points and the individuals (or teams) with the highest number of points win. The Greek team's expenses in Germany will be covered by the organisers and sponsors.

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Competition details

This is an annual event, comprised of two seperate rounds: A qualifying round and a finals round.

The qualifying round is run locally in each participating country, and is an open call to cyber security talent. The object of the qualifier is to assemble the team that competes in the finals, by running a set of challenges similar to the finals round. The top contestants in the qualifier form the national team each year.

All the national teams then compete in the final round of the Challenge, in a one-day event that determines the country with the top cyber security talent each year. The Challenge is a prestigious event and is covered by local and international media alike.

The European Cyber Security Challenge 2016 Final Round was held in Dusseldorf, Germany, between 7-10. A total of 10 teams participated in the Challenge: Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Romania, the UK, Ireland, Estonia, Liechtenstein, and, of course, Greece.

The Greek team finished 5th in the 2016 challenge, a position we're planning to improve in future challenges! The winner of the 2016 Challenge was Spain. As with the qualifying round, contestants had to solve security-related tasks from domains such as web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering and forensics and collect points for solving them.

Find our more at the official Challenge website.

The Qualifying Round was held at the University of Piraeus on July 9 2016, between 09:00am and 20:00pm EEST. The event took place at the Department of Digital Systems, in the ground and first floor labs (150 Odissea Androutsou str.).

During the event, a panel of judges set a series of 9 challenges that contestants were called upon to solve, gaining points for each challenge. The panel was comprised of InfoSec professionals, with long experience in the field. The Greek team is comprised of 10 winners (5 Seniors and 5 Juniors), as well as 4 runner ups.

The Greek team will travel to Germany in November to compete versus other teams in the Grand Final, accompanied by a coach from TwelveSec, and a judge for the competition. Until then, the team will be trained by TwelveSec and the panel of judges, to ensure they will be ready to compete against the top European cyber security talent.

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