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Did you miss the 2018 Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge?

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), in partnership with the Atlantic Council,executed the fourth Cyber 9/12 Cyber Student Challenge in 2018 bringing approximately 250 individuals to the Maison de la paix.

The two-day event, which ran on 5 and 6 April 2018, welcomed 20 teams of four students each from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. For the first time on 4 April 2018, the GCSP organised a pre-competition special event for the 2018 Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge Sponsors. This year’s sponsors included: NATO, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign AffairsPermanent Mission of Finland in GenevaPermanent Representation of Estonia to the UN and Other International Organisation in in GenevaMicrosoftDeloitteKudelski SecurityArctic SecurityCoup4Claned Groupnixu cybersecurity, and Finavia.

Already in its fourth year, the competition invited university students to tackle a simulated cyber incident in real time. This year, the challenge’s scenario was based on a European level cyber crisis targeting the aviation ecosystem. Teams were required to respond to ever-changing situations and offer strategic policy recommendations for government leaders and senior officials. The valuable contribution of the high level of judges and keynote speakers featured prominent personalities in the field of cybersecurity and included Group Captain Shaun Harvey, Head of Cyber Operations, Cyberspace Operations Centre, NATO; Ms Chelsey Slack, Deputy Head, Cyber Defence Section, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO; Mr Pertti Jalasvirta, Partner, CLANED GroupMr Gilles Fuchs, Founder, Cyber-AID.org and Executive-in-Residence, Global Fellowship Initiative, GCSP and Dr Klaus Julisch, Partner, Deloitte AG.

The Student Challenge is a competition designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. Students at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels were given a unique opportunity to interact with expert mentors and high-level cyber professionals while developing valuable skills in policy analysis and presentation. Teams composed policy recommendations and justified their decision-making process, considering the role and implications for relevant civilian, military, law enforcement, and private sector entities and updating the recommendations as the scenario evolved. The students had to consider the NATO, the EU, and the situations of all individual nation-states involved.

Team Black Knights from the US Military Academy at West Point follows in the steps of the 2017 winner – Team STUXNET from the Geneva School of Diplomacy as the winner of the 2018 “Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge.”

Check out the highlights from the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge 2018