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European Cyber Security Challenge 2021 - Czech chapter of AFCEA in Prague

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.

The acute shortage of IT security professionals is becoming a global problem. That is why we are looking for young talents in cyber security and support their development.

In 2016, the Czech chapter of AFCEA organized the first year of the national competition for cyber security focused on secondary school students, the best of whom became the backbone of the Czech national team, which in 2017 participated for the first time in the ECSC in Malaga, Spain. Successful work with students in national competitions and the results of the national team opened up the possibility to organize ECSC 2021 in the Czech Republic.

Who participates in the ECSC?

Ten-member national teams accompanied by an escort (up to seven persons—substitutes, coaches, officials). The number of competing teams is continuously increasing, the last ECSC 2019 in Bucharest was attended by 20 national teams, representing 200 competitors and almost 100 members of the entourage. The prerequisite for Prague is 25+ competition teams, culminating in approximately
500 participants—experts and officials in cyber security from across the European Union and observers from non-EU countries (Israel, United States, Canada, etc.).

How is the selection of national teams made?

Members of the national teams in the ECSC represent their country (they must have the country’s nationality). Within countries, the selection is made in a variety of methods and ways—from narrowly focused specialised competitions within the professional community to competitions with a society-wide scope and overlap.

For more information please see website or leaflet below.


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