Calling all Tech Heads - Cyber Security Challenge Australia

Calling all Tech Heads – Cyber Security Challenge Australia

Partnering with business, the Australian Coalition Government is acting to inspire a new generation of cyber security professionals with the launch of the 2015 Cyber Security Challenge.

The Challenge is a 24-hour virtual game that tests cyber penetration and forensic analysis skills in a ‘hacking’ style environment to be run on 30 September – 1 October 2015.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, officially opened registrations to the event today.

“The Challenge is now in its fourth year and has proved to be an outstanding platform for identifying Australia’s next generation of cyber security leaders,” Mr Porter said.

“The demand for cyber security professionals will grow nationally by 21 per cent or 9,100 jobs over the next five years so it’s absolutely essential that we continue to identify and attract dedicated, skilled young people to this important growth area.

“The Government’s Cyber Security Review is also looking at a range of initiatives to improve cyber security skills across Australia.

“The eyes of some of Australia’s leading industries and global companies will be upon the results of this event and so I encourage anyfull-time Australian university undergraduate and undergraduate-equivalent TAFE students based in Australia who think they have what it takes to register.”

As well as allowing students to give their best shot at hacking test systems, the Challenge shows undergraduate and TAFE students the variety of jobs available in cyber security and gives them access to some of Australia’s most dynamic employers.

It is expected that more than 250 students from over 20 Australian universities will take part, an increase of 12 per cent on 2014.

This year’s major prize is a team trip to DEFCON 2016, one of the world’s largest cyber ‘white hat’ hacking conventions held every year in Las Vegas.

Students must form teams of four and be registered by a university/TAFE staff/faculty academic representative to enter. The deadline for universities and TAFE’s to register their interest in fielding up to 4 teams is Friday 4 September 2015. For more information please visit the official CySCA website http://cyberchallenge.com.au/