Estonia to hold novel 'cyber olympics' for students (1)

A training course in cyber defense, taking place in Tallinn (Postimees/Scanpix)
1/28/2015 11:10 AM
Category: Sci-Tech

The Estonian Ministry of Defense, the Estonian Information Technology College and cyber security company Vequirity are organizing a competition in cyber defense called Cyberolympics. It is believed to be the first of its kind in Europe.

The Cyberolympics is a test of individual's skills in solving computer systems security issues. The competition will take place on February 14. Registration closes a week before, on February 7. All students from bachelor's, applied science and master's levels, who feel like taking on the challenge, are encouraged to apply.

The participants are given eight hours to restore disrupted systems and patch the vulnerabilities that come with the mock scenario of being a systems administrator in the Kingdom of Banania.

"The aim is to go international in a few years time, to secure Estonian's good position in the field of cyber defense. Estonia hosts the one of a kind NATO Cyber Training Platform and it makes sense to let the students benefit from it," said Taimar Peterkop, undersecretary at the defense ministry.

M. Oll, S. Tambur

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