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European Cybersecurity Challenge 2022: Final Countdown Before Kick-off in Vienna

The 2022 edition of the European Cybersecurity Challenge will start on Tuesday, 13th September. The event is organised by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) with the support of the European Commission, and of EU Member States.

Published on September 06, 2022

Twenty-eight teams and five guest international teams are about to convene at the Messe Exhibition & Congress Centre in Vienna, Austria, to cyber-compete for two full days on the 14th and 15th September for the 2022 edition of the European Cybersecurity Challenge (ECSC).

Teams will have to resolve a number of jeopardy, hardware (HW) hacking and attack/defence (Capture-The-Flag) challenges. The international teams will be engaged in a so-called escape-the-Box event.

The ECSC is designed to give an incentive to teenagers and young people already skilled in cybersecurity and support them in their training and career paths. It is seen as a highly effective approach  to create and increase cybersecurity awareness in Europe.

Teams: who are they and how were they selected?

Each participating country initially ran national cybersecurity competitions. The winners of these national contests are the ones forming the ECSC teams, each representing their countries.

Team members made it to the selection through qualifiers, trainings, bootcamps, etc. National selections consisted of security-related challenges on web or mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering, and forensics. Participants collected points by solving those challenges.

ENISA congratulates all the participants for having made it to their national teams and for being ready to compete within this new edition of the European Challenge and wishes them all the best of luck.

How will the event unfold?

The teams will be able to register, be introduced to each other, and receive information on the platform preparing for the competition in a Come2gether event on Tuesday 13th. Networking opportunities will be offered on Friday 16th, followed by the awards ceremony in the evening.

The detailed programme of the event can be consulted on the European Cybersecurity Challenge website.

About the European Cybersecurity Challenge (ECSC)

In today's fast changing world, young people hold the key to innovation. The ENISA European Cyber Security Challenge was born out of this philosophy to encourage young people to pursue a career in cybersecurity.

TheECSC is an annual exercise, coordinated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA). The event offers a platform for young cyber talents across Europe to gather and experience cooperation in trying to resolve a cybersecurity problem.

This event is intended to challenge and develop the skills participants need in extreme situations and to provide a unique opportunity for them to connect with industry.

Supported by the European Commission and EU Member States, the ECSC falls under the skills chapter of the EU Cyber Security Strategy for the Digital Decade and the NIS Directive.

Further information

ECSC website - European Cybersecurity Challenge

ECSC 2022 dedicated website –

ENISA topic – European Cybersecurity Challenge (ECSC)

ENISA report - Cybersecurity Skills Development in the EU


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