European Cyber Security Challenge

What is ECSC?

The growing need for IT security professionals is widely acknowledged worldwide. To help mitigate this shortage of skills, many countries launched national cyber security competitions targeting towards students, university graduates or even non-ICT professionals with a clear aim: to find new and young cyber talents and encourage young people to pursue a career in cyber security.

The European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) leverages on these competitions by adding a pan-European layer. Top cyber talents from each participating country meet to network and collaborate and compete against each other.

Contestants are challenged in solving security related tasks from domains such as web security, mobile security, HW, RF and IoT security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering and forensics whilste the scoring depends on the ability to resolve them as soon as they can.

Teams are also challenged to present to all the invited audience and the jury members in the conference room. With more than 500 attendees, a team member has to explain one of the challenges of the competition, as cyber security professionals who have very good skills and the ability to communicate well, are highly sought after.

In a nutshell, ECSC is the annual European competition promoted by the European Commission through ENISA, that brings together young talent from across Europe to have fun and compete in an in depth cyber security challenge event.

Why participate in the ECSC?

ECSC is an opportunity for the top cybersecurity talents in Europe to cooperate, meet and compete against one another with the aim of improving their skills in a high-level competitive environment.

If you would like to start your professional career in cyber security, you could make the first steps by taking advantage of the advanced training provided at the conference, or if you are looking for employment or employees, your opportunity to engage is at the ECSC recruiting fair.

Who can participate in the ECSC?

If you would like to participate in the ECSC, you must go through your own country's national competition and qualification phases. For more information please contact the organization of each country.

This year you can also be part of the conference, what better way to meet people and improve your skills? If you are interested please register through the registration section (to be open soon).

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