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CySCA 2015 has concluded. Click here to see results

What is CySCA?

CySCA is a ‘hacking’ competition run by an alliance of Australian Government, business and academic professionals who are committed to finding the next generation of Australian cyber security talent – including you!

Run every year since 2012, CySCA will show you what it’s like to work in cyber security and will get your name in front of some of Australia’s most dynamic employers. And then there are the prizes up for grabs...

CySCA is Australia’s only national cyber security competition. It runs over 24-hours and will test both your technical skills and communication know-how. It’s not easy, but it’s heaps of fun, and the opportunities you get from participating are fantastic.

Think you’re up for the Challenge?

Rules and eligibility

CySCA is open to full-time Australian university undergraduates and undergraduate-equivalent TAFE students based in Australia. Each team may contain up to four students.

All teams must be registered by a university/TAFE staff/faculty academic representative.

  • Individual applications will not be considered.
  • Registration does not guarantee entry into the event.

You will not be able to participate in the Cyber Security Challenge:

  • if you do not consent to CySCA organisers using or disclosing your information for any of the purposes identified in the Privacy Statement [link to privacy statement page];
  • unless the personal information required for registration is given.

Full Terms and conditions are here

CySCA 2015 Results

CySCA 2015 began at 12pm Wednesday 30 September 2015 and concluded at 12pm Thursday 1 October (AEST).
Click here to see final scores

First Place

UNSW1 (University of New South Wales)

Second Place

UNSW2 (University of New South Wales)

Third Place

UNSW3 (University of New South Wales)

Best Communicators

ADFA2 (Australian Defence Force Academy)

First in Forensics

The Beers (Edith Cowan University)

First to Finish Corporate Penetration Testing

UNSW4 (University of New South Wales)

'Lucky Door' Prizes

potAto (University of Sydney) and UOA5 (University of Adelaide)

Prizes

This year, our sponsors have really outdone themselves. These prizes are The. Business.

We have some awesome opportunities and gear on offer, across a range of categories. Keep watching space for more – we’re not done yet…

First placed team1

  • 4x Flights, accommodation and entry to DEFCON 2016 courtesy of HackLabs
  • 4x Flights, accommodation and entry to Ruxcon 2015 courtesy of PwC
  • 4x Flights, accommodation and entry to Kiwicon 2015 courtesy of Commonwealth Bank
  • 4x Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus courtesy of Facebook
  • 4x Samsung Galaxy S6 phones courtesy of Telstra (to work with your new Oculus gear)

Second placed team1

  • 4x Flights, accommodation and entry to Ruxcon 2015 courtesy of PwC
  • 4x Flights, accommodation and entry to Kiwicon 2015 courtesy of Commonwealth Bank
  • 4x Meraki MX64 with associated three-year cloud management licences courtesy of Cisco
  • 4x Choice of either a mobile phone or tablet courtesy of Telstra

Third placed team1

  • 4x Flights, accommodation and entry to Ruxcon 2015 courtesy of PwC
  • 4x Flights, accommodation and entry to Kiwicon 2015 courtesy of Commonwealth Bank
  • 4x Choice of either a mobile phone or tablet courtesy of Telstra

Best communicators2

  • 4x Tickets to Cisco Live 2016, courtesy of Cisco Systems

First team to complete all of the Forensic tasks3

  • 4x Meraki Z1 with associated three-year cloud management licences courtesy of Cisco Systems

First team to complete all of the Penetration testing tasks4

  • 4 x Apple iPad Mini 3 courtesy of Telstra

‘Lucky door’ prizes - random draw by Cyber Security Challenge Australia Organisers on 1 October 20155

  • 4x Facebook ‘swag bags’ with Facebook, Instagram and Oculus merchandise.
  • 4x Apple iPad Mini 3 courtesy of Telstra

AusGov ‘Women in Cyber’

All women who participate in the Cyber Security Challenge Australia 2015 will be offered a mentoring opportunity with cyber security experts in the Australian Government. Courtesy of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, this opportunity will involve:

  • Flights to Canberra
  • Meet and greets with a number of influential women who work in cyber security roles for the Australian Government
  • Careers advice from Government experts
  • A years’ worth of career mentoring from women in government and CySCA sponsors [TBC]
  • Dinner with the mentors and other Australian Government cyber security professionals
  • A tour of the Australian Cyber Security Centre at the Ben Chifley Building
  • A visit to the National Security College at the Australian National University
  • A visit to Parliament House

1 It is the sole responsibility of each competitor to ensure eligibility and availability for travel, and arrange for any necessary travel permits and visas.

2Awarded to the team with the highest average score on written responses. Minimum of two open questions need to be submitted. If there is a tie, the team with the best flag justification of the tied teams, as decided by Cyber Security Challenge Australia organisers will be the winner. Not available to teams who place First, Second or Third when scores are finalised.

3With complete justifications and written responses. Not available to teams who place First, Second or Third when scores are finalised.

4With complete justifications and written responses. Not available to teams who place First, Second or Third when scores are finalised.

5 Not available to teams who place First, Second or Third, or win another category when scores are finalised.

Resources

A few pointers to get you ready!

2013 Cyber Challenge

Results and Solution

2014 Cyber Challenge

Results, Solution & Roadshow

2014 Cyber Challenge

In-a-box

Our Sponsors

Without these kind organisations the next generation will never be discovered...

Want to get involved for 2016 and beyond? Email CyberChallenge@pmc.gov.au for more information.