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European Cybersecurity Challenge 2017: ENISA brings together young cyber-talents

From 31 October to 3 November 2017, ENISA will support the most important European cyber-competition of the year, the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC).

Published on October 10, 2017

European Cybersecurity Challenge 2017: ENISA brings together young cyber-talents

Organised and hosted by the Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute INCIBE in Malaga, Spain, the event will bring together some of Europe’s most talented young cybersecurity experts.  

150 cyber-talents from 15 countries will participate in challenges such as security vulnerabilities in web applications, deciphering encrypted documents or gaining access to a protected system in order to prevent cybercriminals to be the first ones who find and access them.

Prof. Dr. Udo Helmbrecht, ENISA's Executive Director, said: “This exercise is important, not only for the participants but for the international experience they will bring back to their respective countries. This is the third year that ENISA is supporting this exercise. In those three years, we have seen the growth in the number of countries participating increase from three to 15  countries. I look forward in the next few years to the continuing expansion of this project with more people learning about the important skills involving network and information security.” 

Teams from Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will compete and learn from peers and top experts in a relaxed atmosphere.

Apart from the exciting main hacking contest, the ECSC will also include specialised conferences and a job fair. Industry-leading organisations will meet with the participants and discuss about career opportunities.

If you would like to attend the open sessions or the job fair, please register on the official website of the event

The 2017 European Cyber Security Challenge is a project facilitated by the EU Cybersecurity Agency ENISA and the EU Member States. For media inquiries on this event please contact


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