Registrations open for the Cyber Security Challenge Australia

Registrations open for the Cyber Security Challenge Australia

Cyber Security Cyber Security Challenge Australia
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Are you interested in a career in cyber security? Want to test your skills in a nation-wide ‘white-hat’ hacking competition?

We are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the Cyber Security Challenge Australia 2017 (CySCA) – the country’s largest hacking contest for students.

This Challenge, the fifth to take place, will be held over 24 hours on 10-11 May and will test a variety of skills in cyber penetration and forensic analysis. CyCSA will expose undergraduate and vocational students to the variety of careers available in cyber security – while highlighting their skills to potential employers.

Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy recognises the need to boost the Government’s cyber security capacity and capabilities, as well as the talent pool for cyber security professionals needed right across the economy. That’s why the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet continues to invest in coordinating this event.

But importantly, CySCA is a joint Government and industry initiative. Finding and encouraging the next generation of cyber security specialists matters to all of us.  And sponsorship from Telstra, Cisco, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Splunk, Facebook, Hacklabs, and Microsoft is critical to the success of the event and indicative of industry commitment to attract talented young people to cyber security.

We encourage students from across Australia to form a team and get involved, particularly women and first year students.

The prize pool includes:

  • Flights, accommodation and entry to DEFCON 2017 for four people, courtesy of HackLabs
  • Flights, accommodation and entry to Cisco Live 2018 for four people, courtesy of Cisco
  • Mobile handsets and tablets, courtesy of Telstra
  • Flights, accommodation and entry to Ruxcon 2017 for the highest scoring team of first year students, courtesy of PwC.

More prizes will be announced shortly.

To enter, simply form a team (up to four students each) get in touch with a staff member at your university or TAFE to register. The deadline for institutions to register their interest in entering teams is Friday 31 March 2017.

For more information, visit the Cyber Security Challenge Australia website at cyberchallenge.com.au

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