Cyber ​​Security Challenge Raises Student Awareness – ICT News

If the labor market is facing a general shortage of IT specialists, then the shortage of security specialists is even more acute. The Cyber ​​Security Challenge aims to highlight this phenomenon as part of a competition for students. At the end of the 8th edition of this event, no less than 150 students accepted the challenge.

Over the past few weeks, the war in Ukraine has drawn even more attention to cybersecurity. Moreover, the fact that the final of the Cyber ​​Security Challenge is taking place at the premises of the Royal Military School in Brussels has given the event an extra dimension. “Cybersecurity is essential for the entire society,” says Annika ten Velden, Head of Security at NVISO, who has been working since the 2ndas well as publication as project leader of the Cyber ​​Security Challenge Belgium.

Focus on collaboration

About 700 participants gathered in the online knockout round, from which about 150 finalists came out. They were offered various missions in which they had to use all their skills. “This is a competition that prioritizes collaboration,” explains Sebastian Deliersneider, CTO of Toreon, the company responsible for organizing the competition. “It is never possible to solve these problems alone. Each team, consisting of 4 members each time, needs to combine technological and analytical skills, as well as various human skills.”

Competitions are held in the form of an elimination race. About forty teams started on Friday. The top sixteen then advanced to the next round. On Saturday, the top twelve teams competed in a series of “expert challenges” developed by the security companies that sponsor the competition. The main prize, a trip to the DEVCON Hacking conference in Las Vegas, was brought by the Tetramonohedra team, consisting of computer science students Hannes Klinkaert (Odisee) and Francis Klink, Robb Van Herck and Maxim Bloch (UGent).

Not purely technical

“The purpose of this competition was to raise students’ awareness of cybersecurity,” adds Annika ten Velden. “We intend to make the topic more accessible by showing that security is not a purely technical area.” During the event, students and companies got to know each other, which is interesting in terms of future internships and vacancies. “Students who probably would never have thought that they might be interested in cybersecurity acquired a taste for this field through the competition,” concludes Sebastian Deliersneider.

Winners of the Cyber ​​Security Challenge Belgium 2022: Hannes Klinkart (Odisee) and Francis Klink, Robbe Van Herck and Maxime Bloch (UGent). © Cyber ​​Security Challenge

Over the past few weeks, the war in Ukraine has drawn even more attention to cybersecurity. Moreover, the fact that the final of the Cyber ​​Security Challenge is taking place at the premises of the Royal Military School in Brussels has given the event an extra dimension. “Cybersecurity is essential to the whole of society,” says Annika ten Velden, Head of Security at NVISO, who has been participating since the 2nd edition as project leader of the Cyber ​​Security Challenge Belgium. About 700 participants gathered in the online knockout round, from which about 150 finalists came out. They were offered various missions in which they had to use all their skills. “This is a competition that prioritizes collaboration,” explains Sebastian Deliersneider, CTO of Toreon, the company responsible for organizing the competition. “It is never possible to solve these problems alone. Each team, consisting of 4 members each time, needs to combine technological and analytical skills, as well as various human skills.” Competitions are held in the form of an elimination race. About forty teams started on Friday. The top sixteen then advanced to the next round. On Saturday, the top twelve teams competed in a series of “expert challenges” developed by the security companies sponsoring the competition. The main prize – a trip to the DEVCON Hacking conference in Las Vegas – was brought by a team of Tetramonohedra computer students Hannes Klinkaert (Odisee) and Francis Klink, Robb Van Herck and Maxim Bloch (UGent). The purpose of this competition was to raise students’ awareness of cybersecurity,” adds Annika ten Velden. “We intend to make the topic more accessible by showing that security is not a purely technical area.” During the event, students and companies got to know each other, which is interesting in terms of future internships and vacancies. “Students who probably would never have thought that they might be interested in cybersecurity acquired a taste for this field through the competition,” concludes Sebastian Deliersneider.

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