Simone Fischer-Hübner on the jury for European Cyber Security Challenge competition2019-10-29
On 9-11 October the yearly competition, European Cyber Security Challenge, was held and 20 teams of young cyber security talents from 20 European countries solved security-related problems. Simone Fischer-Hübner, professor of computer science at Karlstad University was a member of the jury.
“There is a great need of more people working with IT related security problems,” says Simone Fischer-Hübner. “The competition aims to increase interest in cyber security and is good opportunity for young people to work in a team, sharpen their skills and engage in networking with leading branch organisations.”
“In one of the projects that I work with, CyberSec4Europe, we are developing a framework for studies in cyber security and that's why it's especially interesting to be here and see how the different challenges are presented and how the teams proceed to solve them.”
Practical tasks and presentation
The teams, with young cyber security talents up to the age of 25 years, got several practical hacking tasks. Within a given time limit they collected points by solving challenges in for instance, web security, mobile security, cryptography, reverse engineering and forensics. It could involve finding a password or deactivating a symbolised bomb. Each team gave a presentation on one of the challenges which was also judged.
The winner of the competition this year was the team from Rumania, with Italy as runner up and Austria in third place.
European Cyber Security Challenge, is an initiative by the EU's bureau of cybersecurity (ENISA). This year the competition was arranged in Bucharest, Rumania.
Read more about the competition here.