Sponsoring Opportunities

Take the chance and introduce your company to a competent target group of it-security-talents and participants of the European Cyber Security competition. Be present as a potential employer and meet the cyber-experts of tomorrow!

If you are interested in sponsoring the ECSC in Germany, please contact:

Erika Hajmássy
Heise Medien GmbH & Co. KG
Karl-Wiechert-Allee 10
30625 Hannover
Phone: +49 [0] 511 5352-266
Contact: erika.hajmassy@heise.de

Sponsors of the ECSC 2016

Premium Sponsors

  • Airbus Group is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. It comprises Airbus as a leading global manufacturer of highly innovative commercial aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space as the defence and space leader in Europe, providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft as well as space systems, equipment and services, and Airbus Helicopters which offers the world’s widest range of civil and military helicopters. Airbus Group is a major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, a stakeholder in the missile systems provider MBDA and a 50% partner in turboprop aircraft maker ATR. Airbus Group strives to expand its key programmes to support further profitable growth. To gain access to new markets and resources, the Group is expanding its international footprint but remains strongly committed to its home countries within Europe.

  • Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity protects companies and public institutions worldwide against espionage and cyberattacks. The company develops and produces high-end encryption products, next-generation firewalls, network traffic analytics and endpoint security software as leading-edge technical solutions for information and network security requirements. The award-winning “made in Germany” IT security solutions range from compact all-in-one products to bespoke solutions for critical infrastructures.

  • Vodafone Germany is a leading integrated telecommunications company and Germany’s largest cable television operator, offering fixed broadband, mobile communications, internet and TV services. As a gigabit company, Vodafone is a key contributor to the development of Germany’s 5G infrastructure. The Düsseldorf-based company’s continuous investments in faster fixed and mobile networks are taking Germany forward into the gigabit society. Vodafone Germany offers a comprehensive ICT portfolio for enterprise customers, networking people and machines, facilitating secure corporate networks and storing enterprise data in the German cloud. Around 90% of all DAX-listed companies and 15 of Germany’s 16 federal states are already Vodafone customers. Vodafone Germany has 14,000 employees and generates annual revenue of € 11 billion with 41.9 million SIM cards, 5.8 million fixed broadband customers and numerous digital solutions. Vodafone Germany is the largest operating company of the Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies with mobile operations in 26 countries and partners with mobile networks in 56 more. It also has fixed broadband operations in 17 countries. Vodafone has around 465 million mobile customers and 13.7 million fixed broadband customers around the world. Visit the website at www.vodafone-deutschland.de for further information.


  • Compass Security is a well renowned European company specializing in penetration testing, incident response, digital forensics, and security trainings. Our research and community contributions regularly gain international recognition. Our employees have presented at the highly regarded security conferences, such as Black Hat Las Vegas and Microsoft's invite only conference, called Blue Hat, in Redmond. With Hacking-Lab, the flagship project of Compass Security, a comprehensive attack/defense CTF system is provided to run the European Cyber Security Challenge. Hacking-Lab is licensed to numerous universities worldwide for educational purposes, with its aims of building young cyber talents as well as encouraging them to pursue a career in cyber security. Build your skills and join us for exciting challenges.

  • NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 45,000 employees in more than 35 countries and posted revenue of $6.1 billion in 2015. Find out more at www.nxp.com.

  • Our clients face diverse challenges, strive to put new ideas into practice and seek expert advice. They turn to us for comprehensive support and practical solutions that deliver maximum value. Whether for a global player, a family business or a public institution, we leverage all of our assets: experience, industry knowledge, high standards of quality, commitment to innovation and the resources of our expert network in 157 countries. Building a trusting and cooperative relationship with our clients is particularly important to us – the better we know and understand our clients’ needs, the more effectively we can support them. PwC. 9,800 dedicated people at 29 locations. €1.65 billion in turnover. The leading auditing and consulting firm in Germany.

  • Secucloud is a global provider of high-availability cloud-based IT security. The state-of -theart products and services provide an integrated, uncompromising high security and performance approach. Secucloud protects from the cloud all Internet-enabled devices - "Internet of Things " (IoT) - such as Mobile devices , smartphones, tablets as well as smart home systems and business applications.
    Due to the centralized protection out of the cloud, the solution is completely independent of operating systems or used devices – everything is protected fully automatically. Also, all updates are made automatically and centrally out of the cloud. Users do not have to worry about anything.


  • Bechtle IT System House Bonn/Cologne is part of the Bechtle Group, one of Europe's leading IT providers. Headquartered in Bonn, the Bechtle IT System House has additional locations in Cologne and Coblenz. Their over 250 employees provide IT solutions in Bechtle's six core areas: client management, server & storage, networking solutions, virtualization, IT security and software. Additional fields of expertise include e-government solutions (electronic documents) and "Workplace of the Future" solutions. The Bonn location also houses one of Bechtle's nationwide training centres as well as five Bechtle Competence Centres for Cisco, SAP basic and technology services, data center, virtualization and eGov solutions.

  • secunet is one of Germany's leading providers of superior IT security. In close dialogue with its customers – enterprises, public authorities and international organisations – secunet develops and implements high-performance products and state-of-the-art IT security solutions. Thus, secunet not only keeps IT infrastructures secure for its customers, but also achieves intelligent process optimisation and creates sustainable added value. At secunet, more than 380 experts focus on issues such as cryptography (SINA), e-government, business security and automotive security aiming always to be one step ahead of competitors in terms of quality and technology. secunet emphasises on long-term relationships with its customers in an atmosphere based on partnership, as demonstrated by our successful security relationship with the Federal Republic of Germany which has been active since 2004.

Prize Sponsors

  • (ISC) is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC) offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 115,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation – The Center for Cyber Safety and EducationTM. For more information on (ISC), visit www.isc2.org


  • Innovative electronic systems provide the basis for the intelligent car of tomorrow. At Audi Electronics Venture GmbH, we actively shape the future of mobility. As a fully owned Audi subsidiary, we provide an impetus for new ideas and are the pre-development partner for AUDI AG. Thanks to our large development network, we bring together experts who develop innovative concepts and technologies to market maturity. We create and secure access to key technologies for Audi.

  • The MB Connect Line GmbH offers universal solutions for worldwide remote maintenance of machines and equipment. The remote service platform mbCONNECT24 offers a broad solution for remote maintenance, data acquisition and M2M communication for mechanical engineers or operators of a plant. All necessary services and functions are integrated centrally on a web-based platform. It is suitable for building technology and mobile machinery as well as for production plants and utility infrastructure. Besides the classic remote maintenance the monitoring and alerting in the case of failures is also possible. Operating data can be recorded and visualized easily via tablet or smartphone.

  • genua is a German company specializing in IT security and a member of the Bundesdruckerei Group. Our goal is clearly defined: developing top-quality solutions that provide our customers with reliable IT security. Our business activities range from securing sensitive interfaces in public authorities and industry to networking highly critical infrastructure, reliably encrypting data communication over the Internet, remote maintenance solutions and providing remote access for mobile users and home offices. Our solutions are developed and produced in Germany.

  • LANCOM Systems is the leading German manufacturer of network solutions for business customers. LANCOM offers professional users secure, reliable and future-proof infrastructure solutions for local-area (WLAN, LAN) and multi-site networks (VPN). The company’s core product range is developed and manufactured in Germany, including a series of VPN routers certified by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Customers include small and medium-sized businesses, government agencies, institutions, and major corporations from Germany, Europe and increasingly worldwide.

  • Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2014, which ended on September 30, 2014, Siemens generated revenue from continuing operations of €71.9 billion and net income of €5.5 billion. At the end of September 2014, the company had around 357,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.


  • In a digitalized world, the threats to security often go unnoticed at first glance and are often underestimated. As a national cyber security authority, the goal of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) is to promote IT security in Germany. The BSI is first and foremost the central IT security service provider for the federal government in Germany. However, we also offer our services to IT manufacturers as well as private and commercial users and providers of information technology because effective security is only possible when everyone involved contributes. For this reason, we work in close co-operation with all those working in the IT and Internet industry in the field of IT security.

  • cirosec GmbH is a specialized company focusing on information security and advising its customers in the German-speaking world. We offer a wide range of services, including concepts, reviews and analyses, management consulting (ISO 27001, risk management, development of processes, policies, guidelines), audits and penetration tests, incident response and forensics as well as conception, neutral evaluation and implementation of products and solutions. We are constantly looking for students who would like to complete their practical semester or write their final thesis at cirosec. Of course, we are also looking forward to receiving any application for the positions of penetration tester or consultant. For further information on recent job offers and working at cirosec, please visit www.cirosec.de.

  • CSC leads clients on their digital transformation journey, providing innovative next-generation technology solutions and services that leverage deep industry expertise, global scale, technology independence and an extensive partner community. Our people help commercial and international public sector clients solve their toughest challenges by modernizing their business processes, applications and infrastructure with next-generation technology solutions. The Company's mission is to enable superior returns on our client's technology investments through best-in-class industry solutions, domain expertise and global scale.
    CSC makes a special point of understanding its clients and provides experts with real-world experience to work with them. CSC is vendor-independent, delivering solutions that best meet each client’s unique requirements. For more than 50 years, clients in industries and governments worldwide have trusted CSC.
    For more information, visit the company's website at www.csc.com.

  • ESCRYPT - Embedded Security is the leading system provider for embedded security world- wide. With locations in Germany, UK, Sweden, USA, Canada, India, China, Korea, and Japan we have security specialists available to help with current security topics such as secure M2M- communication, IT-security in the IoT, protection of e-business models and automotive security and they develop highly secure, worldwide valued products and solutions which are tailored to the specific requirements of embedded systems and the relevant IT-infrastructure and are tested and proven a million times in automotive series production. With an extensive portfolio of security products and services ESCRYPT offers custom-fit industry solutions for the automotive industry, transport and logistics, public authorities and the financial sector, healthcare, energy suppliers, telecommunications service provider and the processing and engineering industry. The company's core competency lies in the development and implementation of cost-efficient and flexible security solutions that can easily be integrated into existing IT-landscapes and adapted to keep up with future developments. ESCRYPT’s service portfolio includes security assessment, security strategy, development, implementation and operation of customized software and hardware, turnkey solutions and managed services, certification support, PKI, key management and trainings. ESCRYPT is a subsidiary of ETAS GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the BOSCH-Group

  • HiSolutions AG has over 25 years of experience specialising in Information Security. Based in Berlin with divisions in Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich, we combine high-level strategic and process competencies with deep technical expertise. Typical projects include risk analyses, the development of technical security concepts, audits and penetration tests as well as active incident response and the investigation of digital forensic cases. Beyond classical IT infrastructure we have experience in areas ranging from industrial control systems to cloud computing, including rapidly-developing fields such as critical infrastructure security and medical devices. HiSolutions is well connected within the industry and our high standards are highlighted by our accreditation from the BSI (Federal Office for Information Security) as a provider of IT Security consulting and penetration tests. Our team combines exceptional quality of work with creativity and enjoyment in the task at hand. We pride ourselves on a friendly and welcoming working environment, where continual professional development takes an important role. This includes time dedicated to development activities, internal trainings and seminars and work on our internal security lab. HiSolutions does not sell individual products and gives advice without any hidden interest. As a company led and owned by its founders, HiSolutions is free from external pressure and therefore strongly influenced by a focus on long term, sustainable development.

  • Infineon designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductors and systems solutions. The focus of its activities is on automotive electronics, industrial electronics, communication and information technologies and hardware-based security. Core competencies in the Chipcard & Security area are tailored security, contactless Technologies and embedded security. Infineon is offering the most comprehensive portfolio of security solutions with hardware, software and services.

  • Call it what you will: Digital agency, IT service provider, strategic consultancy or high security data center. It’s all correct – yet no one word can really sum us up. We are developers, communicators and consultants with heart and passion. As a driving force in the digital environment, we create internet experiences, add value for our clients and transform business processes, all in keeping with our mission: Services for the eSociety.
  • iT-CUBE SYSTEMS is a full-service provider focused on IT security. We develop needs-oriented IT security solutions for the companies, because the core business depends on the trustworthiness and the availability of the IT infrastructure. As a full-service provider, we supervise the IT project with practical knowledge gained in projects and daily operation over the entire period from planning to implementation to live operation. Our services comprise the fields of Security & Risk Management, Application Security, Network Security and Managed & Professional Services. We focus on: SIEM &Security Intelligence, Security Log Management, SAP® Security Monitoring, APT & Malware Defense, Application Firewalling, Database Security, Software Security & Code Analysis, Data Leakage Prevention (DLP), Secure Data Exchange and Managed Security Services (MSS). Our team consists of highly qualified, experienced, and committed technology consultants, system engineers, developers, administrators, and trainers who have one thing in common: a distinct intuition for future-proof IT technology trends. iT-CUBE SYSTEMS is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and is active throughout southern Germany and around the globe. Our customers include renowned large corporations as well as medium-sized enterprises of various sectors, such as the aerospace, automotive, financial, insurance, telecommunications, and chemical industries.

  • We’re a globally respected organization specializing in information security and risk management. With 233 data centers, 10 security operations centers (SOCs) and seven R&D centers, we have visibility into 40 percent of the world’s internet traffic. Our global visibility, advanced technology and local resources mean that we are uniquely positioned to identify and respond to threats before they impact our clients business. We’re also part of the NTT Group, one of the largest information and communications technology (ICT) companies in the world. With Group annual revenues of $105bn, direct presence in over 88 countries, an annual R&D investment of $3.5bn and more than 240,000 employees, we are a part of a stable, profitable and well-respected global organization.

  • SEC Consult is the leading European consultancy for application security services and information security, with offices in Vienna (HQ), Linz, Berlin, Vilnius, Zurich, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. SEC Consult is a specialist for the development of security information management processes and certification processes (ISO 27001), cyber defense, DDoS testing, external and internal security audits, secure software development and sustainable improvement of security levels.

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. (...)

Cyber Challenge 2016

Organizers of Final 2016

CTF attack/defense provider

Finalists 2016