Broadband minister launches cyber security competition

Hacking for fun, country and a ticket to Black Hat 2012

Australia's first national cyber security competition, the 2012 Cyber Defence University Challenge, was launched today by broadband minister Senator Stephen Conroy.

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.

"The need for greater awareness of cyber security issues and for more high-skilled ICT graduates were two of the key themes to emerge from the public engagement process associated with the Government's Cyber White Paper, due for release later this year," Conroy said in a media release.

"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.

Further information is available from 2012CyberDefenceUniChallenge@pmc.gov.au

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