Australia's first national cyber security competition, the 2012 Cyber Defence University Challenge, was launched today by broadband minister Senator Stephen Conroy. If you are an undergraduate with top cyber problem-solving skills then Australia's first national Cyber Defence University Challenge is probably for you.
The Challenge runs for 24 hours on 3 to 4 April, and will test the cyber problem-solving skills of teams of Australian undergraduates in a virtual network environment.The ultimate prize, sponsored by Telstra, is travel and entry to the Black Hat 2012 Conference in Las Vegas in July 2012.
Senator Conroy sxays the competition is a partnership between the federal government, universities and Telstra. "The Government is committed to working with industry to develop a safe and secure digital economy for Australians," Senator Conroy said in a statement. "We are also committed to increasing the skills and expertise necessary to protect online environments from cyber crime such as data theft."
The Challenge will raise awareness of the importance of cyber security, particularly in the university and business sectors, while also showcasing the diverse career opportunities for ICT graduates. Undergraduates studying computer science and related degrees can register a team via their university with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.