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European Cyber Security Challenge 2021 Czech chapter of AFCEA in Prague

Czech Republic is proud to host the sixth edition of the European Cyber Security Challenge - the annual European event that brings together young talent from across Europe to have fun and compete in cybersecurity. Top cyber talents from each participating country will meet in Prague to network and collaborate and finally compete against each other. Contestants will be challenged in solving security related tasks from domains such as web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering and forensics and in the process collect points for solving them.

The European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) is a Europe-wide competition focused on cyber security to search cyber security talent across Europe and raise awareness of cyber security and its importance in public spaces. Since 2014 the competition has been organised annually by one of the EU countries under the auspices of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), and it is intended for young European talent (secondary school and university students) organised in national teams. the  ECSC will take place in Prague between 28. 9. and 1. 10. 2021, and is organised by the Czech chapter of AFCEA (as part of the activities of the European Cybersecurity Month).

Why ECSC 2021 in Prague?

In 2019 the organiser of the Czech national competition AFCEA (the Czech chapter of the Armed Forces Communication & Electronics Association) was approached by ENISA to host the ECSC. This was mainly due to the active participation of the Czech national team in the ECSC (starting in 2017) and the organisers‘ cooperation with ENISA in this area. The ECSC in 2022 will take place in Austria, and Norway in 2023.

What is the goal of ECSC 2021 in Prague?

The main goal is to present the Czech Republic as the country with the most sophisticated system of secondary education in the field of cyber security. This source of talent solves the lack of top specialists that the whole field is currently struggling with. This will be an important international event carried out before the start of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU. The ECSC will also allow visibility of all participating partners based on partnership conditions (see annexe) and the presentation of the Czech Republic as:

• a modern, educated and open society that is active in innovation, digital agenda, artificial intelligence, cyber security and defence in all areas—legislation, education, training, business activity support, organisation of protection and security of critical systems

• an essential member of the European Union and an important partner in the Central European area

• a safe place for innovative entrepreneurship

• a country of traditional values with a rich history and natural beauty

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