Australia’s first national cyber security competition launched

Australian undergraduates could win a trip to the Black Hat 2012 conference

A cyber security competition aimed at enticing ICT university students into the information security industry has been unveiled by the Gillard government.

The Cyber Defence University Challenge is designed to test the problem-solving skills of teams of Australian undergraduates in a virtual computer network scenario. It will run for 24 hours from the 3 to 4 April 2012.

Undergraduates across Australia who are studying computer science and related degrees are eligible to register. The prize is travel and entry to the Black Hat 2012 Conference in Las Vegas, USA, in July this year.

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said that the Challenge would “raise awareness of the importance of cyber security, particularly in the university and business sectors, while also showcasing career opportunities for ICT graduates.”

“The need for greater awareness of cyber security issues and for more highly 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 statement.

The Cyber White Paper is designed to cover a number of areas including consumer protection, cyber safety, cyber crime and cyber defence. It will look at how the federal and state governments, businesses and consumers can make use of the National Broadband Network (NBN) while ensuring cyber security risks can be managed.

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