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London to host cyber 9/12 student challenge

Matteo Natalucci Published 05 February 2018

Competition aims to offer students a better understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict


London will host a ‘Cyber 9/12’ student challenge to boost cyber security skills and help tackle the shortage of cyber security professionals in the country.

The competition, held in partnership with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) will take place at the BT Tower in London on February 26 and 27.

The ‘Cyber 9/12’  challenge is an annual cyber policy competition for students across the world to compete in developing national security policy to tackle a fictional cyber catastrophe.

Now entering in its sixth year, the competition is designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict.

It is composed by a part interactive learning experience and part competitive scenario exercise, and aims to challenge teams to respond to a realistic, evolving cyberattack and analyse the threat it poses to national, international, and private sector interests.

A panel of judges will evaluate the teams on the quality of their policy responses, their decision-making processes, and their oral presentation.

Students will have the opportunity to interact with expert mentors and high-level cyber professionals while developing valuable skills in policy analysis and presentation.

So far, the competition has already engaged over a thousand students from universities in the UK, the US, China, Estonia, France, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland and Sweden. 

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