CySCA is Australia’s only national cyber security competition. It’s designed to excite, inspire, attract and help Australia’s talented people to become our next generation of cybersecurity professionals.
Organised and conducted by the Australian Government, Telstra and Australian universities, CySCA is committed to working with industry and the community to address common cyber issues.
CySCA 2014 is Australia's third national cyber security competition.
Entry is free.
CySCA 2014 will be conducted remotely; it will commence at 12noon Wednesday 7th May 2014 and run for 24 hours.
Participants will compete in a virtual network with access provided by CySCA organisers prior to the event.
CySCA is open to full-time Australian university undergraduates and TAFE students (as defined by the registering university/TAFE) based in Australia.
Each team may contain up to four students, and each university/TAFE may register up to four teams.
All teams must be registered by their university/TAFE staff/faculty representative.
The cut-off date for universities/TAFE's to register their interest in fielding 1-4 teams is 1st April 2014.
As Australians conduct more of their social, consumer and business activities online, there is a corresponding increase in the demand for ICT professionals to manage the digital environment. The Government is committed to collaborating with education and industry sectors to help boost Australia's information and communications technology (ICT) skills base and equip Australia’s workforce with the skills necessary to thrive in a digital economy. The Government recognises that developing and sustaining an appropriately skilled ICT workforce will ensure Australia’s future prosperity, security and social wellbeing.
CySCA aims to:
CySCA is conducted as a partnership between the Australian Government and Telstra. Australian Government departments involved in the Challenge include the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Defence, the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Communications. CySCA also receives valuable support from PricewaterhouseCoopers and NBN Co.
CySCA 2014 will test a range of skills that are relevant in the cyber security field.
CySCA 2014 competitors will be asked to:
The competition will test each team's expertise in:
Each team will be required to document its findings and provide advice on appropriate mitigation strategies.
Entries will be assessed by Exercise Control – a group of cyber security experts from the Australian Government and Telstra.