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The European Cyber Security Challenge encourages young people to pursue a cyber career

The 2020 edition of the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) will take place in Vienna, Austria between 3 and 7 November.

Published on February 14, 2020

The EU Agency for Cybersecurity, ENISA and representatives of the countries participating in the European Cyber Security Challenge ( are meeting in Vienna, Austria to discuss and plan the 2020 edition.

The main topics discussed during this planning conference were:

  • Lessons learned from ECSC 2019
  • Introduction of the new countries joining the competition
  • ECSC2020: Set-up and Infrastructure
  • Public affairs and communications aspects

The outlook for the 2020 ECSC final is very positive with 25 countries expressing interest to participate. A number of new ideas that are expected to enhance the competition will be discussed over the next two days in the meeting at Vienna.

ECSC 2019

The 2019 edition of the European Cyber Security Challenge took place in the Parliament building in Bucharest, Romania, in October 2019. For the first time, teams from 20 countries participated at the final (Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom).

The participants investigated vulnerabilities in web applications, binaries and document files, solved crypto puzzles and hack hardware systems. However, technical skills are just one part of the whole story. As time and resources were limited, teamwork and presentation skills were also evaluated. The finalists of ECSC 2019 were the teams from Romania, Italy and Austria.

The next planning meeting will be hosted by ENISA towards the end of June.

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You can find more information on the ECSC website:

or watching the ECSC video trailer.


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