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Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge 2017

The "must-attend" student competition in international cybersecurity policy.  Register your team by 5 March 2017.


We frequently hear the terms “Cyber 9/11” and “Digital Pearl Harbor,” but what might policymakers do the day after a crisis? 

In the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, students work in teams of four to tackle a major cyberattack, respond to evolving situations, and develop policy recommendations. Hosted by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Atlantic Council, the  9/12 Cyber Student Challenge is a one-of-a-kind competition designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict.

In addition to the competition in Geneva, Switzerland, the Atlantic Council hosts the US Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in Washington, DC on 17-18 March 2017, and the first-ever Asia-Pacific competition in Sydney, Australia in September 2017.

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Who Should Attend?

Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional, or law program, including students in military academies, on the date of the registration deadline are eligible to compete. We also welcome competitors who have participated in the Student Challenge in previous years.

How to Enter

In order to compete for a spot at the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, all registered teams must submit their answers to the three questions outlined below by Sunday, 5 March 2017. Each answer should be 200 words or less. Please submit your answers to Anni Piiparinen of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative. You may register your team before submitting your answers.

  1. What would you consider to be the most significant cyber incident to date, and why?
  2. What potential, future cyber incident keeps you up at night, why, and done by whom?
  3. Why did you compose your team the way you did, and what do you expect will differentiate your team from others?

Registration is now Open

Register your team by 5 March 2017 in order to participate in the European edition of Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge on 20-21 April 2017

For more information, please contact Aapo Cederberg or Anni Piiparinen.

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Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland

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