EUROPEAN CYBER SECURITY CHALLENGE
Prague, Czech Republic
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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), organized 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.
The European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) is an annual cybersecurity event, aimed at identifying new talent across Europe by having national teams compete in a Cyber Security Challenge!
In this competition, young cybersecurity experts compete with each other by solving security related challenges, which require technical skills such as pen-testing, as well as soft skills in order to deliver a presentation. The activities of the ECSC are supervised by this Steering Committee, made out of representatives of the attending countries which are assigned by the European Union Agency for Cyber Security (ENISA).
For Greece, the role of Steering Committee member has been assigned from ENISA to the “Systems Security Laboratory of the Department of Digital Systems” of the University of Piraeus, represented by Prof. Christos Xenakis.
Competition details & terms
Contestants must participate in the qualifying round and be chosen among other contestants. Their age should be between 14 – 26 and they need to reside in the country they represent.
*The extension of age criteria applies only for ECSC 2021 participation, due to the changes of COVID-19 pandemic.
Qualifying & Final Rounds
This is an annual event, comprising two separate rounds: A qualifying round and a finals round.
The qualifying round is run locally in each participating country and is an open call to cybersecurity talents. 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 ECSC 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 cybersecurity talent each year. The ECSC Challenge is covered by local and international media alike.
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