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Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge

And the winner is...


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The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is the "must-attend" student competition in international cyber security policy. The 2nd European edition of the Challenge took place on Thursday, 7 and Friday, 8 April at the GCSP in Geneva. Co-organised by the GCSP and the Atlantic Council, it gathered 200 students, coaches, judges, sponsors and observers around a scenario simulating a major cyber attack taking place in Europe.


Winning Team

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Team Sapienter, from King's College London


2nd Place

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The U.S. Naval Academy team


3rd Place

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Team Stuxnet, from the Geneva School of Diplomacy


4th Place

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Team Honeypots from King's College London

What is the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge?

The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber security crises and conflicts at national and European levels. It presents students with a unique opportunity to interact with expert mentors and high-level cyber professionals, while developing valuable skills in policy analysis and presentation. The Challenge has already engaged over 400 students from universities in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Poland, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland, and Estonia. 

Previous judges and speakers in the European competition include prominent cybersecurity experts such as President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves; Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges; Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Head of Cyber Policy Coordination at European External Action Service; and many others.


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More info

For more information, visit the Challenge's website and Facebook page, or contact Mr Aapo Cederberg, GCSP Associate Fellow at cyber-competition@gcsp.ch or Ms. Anni Piiparinen, Program Assistant of the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative at apiiparinen@atlanticcouncil.org.

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