European Cyber Security Challenge

The European Cyber Security Challenge 2016 is over!

The final score:

  1. Spain
  2. Romania
  3. Germany

One hundred of the best young security talents from 10 different nations fought for the title in the finale of the European Cyber Security Challenge in Düsseldorf, Germany.

It was a thrilling contest until the very last moment, but in the end the team from Spain was able to secure the first place against Romania, who was awarded the second place. In an exciting pursuit against Austria, the team from Germany was able to claim the third place.

Every team had their own server with certain vulnerabilities placed by the Hacking-Lab staff. On the one hand everyone had to defend their own server and services against attacks from the opposing teams and on the other hand the teams had to patch vulnerabilities, decipher hidden messages and solve difficult hacking challenges.

The atmosphere at the event and the following award ceremony was excellent. After celebrating each others successes, the teams were able to meet and talk with representatives of business and research.

We want to thank all of the participants and everyone who helped to make this event possible. We are already looking forward to the European Cyber Security Challenge 2017 which will be held in Málaga, Spain

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Svenja Schulze
Minister for Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

The European Cyber Security Challenge gives young talents an opportunity to pitch their IT security prowess against their peers in a friendly competition.
Their skills are urgently needed, if we want to tackle the digital revolution. (...)

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