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A triumphant European Cybersecurity Challenge 2017. See you in 2018!

The fourth edition of the European CyberSecurity Challenge 2017 has concluded successfully.

Published on November 03, 2017

 The event was organised by the Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute INCIBE with direct involvement and support from ENISA.

The challenge, expert talks and job fair attracted a lot of interest, including from over 200 of the best Cybersecurity talents and hundreds of visitors from across Europe, who came to network and to compete for the European crown.

Demosthenes Ikonomou, Head of the Operational Security team of ENISA, welcomed the participants of the ECSC on 31 October to Málaga’s Palacio de Congresos, saying: "Today is an important day, coinciding with the last day of the European Cybersecurity Month, a specific month dedicated to activities on Cybersecurity and Security/Privacy awareness. This challenge is an integral element of the ECSM. ENISA has been committed to this initiative since the beginning and considers lifelong learning in the area of Cybersecurity a priority at European level, therefore, we will collaborate more and open the competition to other EU Countries. Against this background, ENISA's vision for ECSC is that it will be a continuing annual reference event for Europe."

Focus, passion and effort from the ECSC Steering Committee and organisers were required to match the scale and high expectations of this event. The event shows that cyber is an increasingly popular topic across Europe.

Young talents from 15 competing national teams proved their technical and teamwork skills in the most exciting and complex cyber competition of the year. The jury had a tough task to select only one winning team, considering the very close final results and the intense competition on the day of the challenge.

Congratulations to Spain, the winning national team of ECSC2017! Romania and Italy got the second and third places  in an exciting competition that went down to the wire. 

ECSC continues to gain momentum and visibility. The ECSC 2018 edition will be hosted in the heart of London and will be organised by Cyber Challenge UK, supported by ENISA. Five new countries will join, so up to 20 European countries will put forward their best cyber talents to compete next time.

The European Cyber Security Challenge is a project facilitated by the EU Cybersecurity Agency ENISA and the EU Member States. For media inquiries about this event please contact press@enisa.europa.eu.

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