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 finally 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 while the scoring depend on the ability to resolve them as soon as they can.
Teams are also challenged to make a pitch to all the audience and the jury in the conference room with more than 500 attendees trying to explain one of the challenges being solved as we also need cybersecurity professionals with soft skills and the ability to communicate.
It is a chance for the top cybersecurity talents in Europe to cooperate, meet and compete against one another with the aim to improve their skills in a high-level environment. In this sense, the chance seeks to boost both the professional careers of the participants in this event, as well as hooking and cheering at the cybersecurity train to those who participated but did not reach the final.
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.
The European Cyber Security Challenge is an initative by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and aims at enhancing cyber security talent accross Europe and connecting high potentials with industry leading organizations.
In 2017, the Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE) will be the host of the fourth edition of European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC). On behalf of INCIBE, we would like to welcome you to this year’s European Cyber Security Challenge final.