The annual Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA), designed to test Australia’s best information security undergraduates, will take place from 7-8 May at universities around the country.
The competition involves a 24-hour virtual computer network scenario where teams have to test the networks and hardware of a fictitious company.
First prize for the winning team is a trip to the annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas during August.
Members of the second and third placed teams will receive a phone or tablet from Telstra.
Entry is free but students can only register through their university or TAFE with registrations closing on 1 April 2014.
Last year, a team of students from the University of New South Wales took out first prize in the 2013 CySCA after competing against 42 other teams.
The challenge was launched in 2012 by the Gillard government as a way of enticing ICT university students into the information security industry.