Nationwide challenge to unearth future cyber security stars

Release Date: 
11 May 2017
Media release

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan said the successful 2017 Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA) would help develop the next generation of cyber security professionals.

The 24-hour cyber security challenge for university students finished today with a record number of teams and a record number of female participants taking part.

Participants tested their cyber penetration and forensic analysis skills as they performed capture-the-flag-type penetration tests for a fictitious business created for the purposes of the Challenge.

The winning team will travel to Las Vegas to attend DEFCON 2017, one of the world’s largest cyber hacking conventions.

“This year there were more teams, more students and a 65 per cent increase in female competitors,” Mr Tehan said.

“We need smart, committed and ambitious young Australians working in cyber security to meet the growing demand of the industry.

“Developing local talent is good for our cyber security, good for the economy and good for the young Australians who take the jobs.

“The Government is focused on strong cyber defences along with growth and innovation within the sector. The Government’s Cyber Security Strategy seeks to address the nation’s shortage in the cyber workforce and the Cyber Security Challenge Australia is one way of delivering on that part of our strategy.

“One of the other major pillars of the Cyber Security Strategy is a strong national cyber partnership with governments, business and academia, and the Cyber Security Challenge is helping to forge these ties.”

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