Press Release

TEAM EUROPE on the Starting Blocks for the 1st International Cybersecurity Challenge!

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) is proud to announce a Team Europe ready to compete in the International Cyber Challenge (ICC) taking place in Greece next month!

Published on May 13, 2022

Fifteen young talents from twelve different European Union and EFTA countries, aged between 21 and 26, form a Team Europe.

 ‘Team Europe’ was officially announced today by the Vice President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas, and ENISA Executive Director Juhan Lepassaar. The team will gather from May 13th to May 15th in Vienna, Austria for their final training to prepare for the 1st International Cybersecurity Challenge (ICC).

The 1st International Cybersecurity Challenge aims to identify and pool the world’s top cybersecurity talents.

Juhan Lepassaar, stated that: “With this 1st International Cybersecurity Challenge, I am truly confident we are on the right track to effectively build the next generation of cybersecurity experts. The motivation and engagement of these young people already stands as evidence that our seeds are there and ready to grow, ensuring a safer digital world.”

In order to choose the final team members, ENISA collaborated closely with five experts whose mission was to train, evaluate the competitors and assist with the selection process. With the support of the Team Europe trainers, ENISA organised three bootcamps, two online Capture The Flag (CTF) qualifiers and a number of online training activities over the past year. Fifty-five candidates from twenty-one different European Union and EFTA countries joined the training activities which led to the selection of the final Team Europe.

Team Europe is now getting ready to compete against another six teams from Africa, Asia, Canada, Latin America, Oceania and the United States.

The Awards Ceremony

The winning team of the International Cybersecurity Challenge will be announced at the awards ceremony scheduled to take place at 5 pm local Greek time on June 17th.

The programme of the award ceremony will include a keynote speech by the European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, Prof. Bart Preneel (KU Leuven), and ENISA Executive Director Juhan Lepassaar.

The ICC awards are sponsored by Accenture, Census-labs, Cyber Noesis, ISACA, Netcompany Intrasoft, Trend Micro, UbiTech, and Yes We Hack.

Stay tuned!

Stay tuned on social media via #ICC_games  and #ICC_games22 from June 14th to June 17th, 2022 to experience the first edition of the International Cybersecurity Challenge from the inside.

Further information

ENISA press release – Vice-President Schinas announces Team EU for the first Cyber World Cup

ICC website - International Cybersecurity Challenge

ICC trailer video - 1st International Cybersecurity Challenge

ENISA topic – European Cybersecurity Challenge (ECSC)

ECSC website - European Cybersecurity Challenge

ENISA report – Capture the flags competitions’’(CTFs)

Contacts:

For questions related the ICC and the Open Cyber Security Awareness Day please contact: ecsc(at)enisa.europa.eu

For questions related to the press and interviews, please contact press(at)enisa.europa.eu

 

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