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Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in Geneva

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The notification of organisations (like CERT and CSIRT) specialised in managing cyber incidents, the identification of malware patterns, the immediate contacting of NATO institutions and the EUROPOL, investigation and the verification of the validity of IP addresses, etc. are just a few tasks that were simulated at the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in Geneva, Switzerland where groups consisting of Bachelor, Master and PhD students presented their solutions to the challenges of a cyber security crisis before a panel of internationally renowned experts on 7-8 April 2016.

The event was held for the second time by the Atlantic Council and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and with the participation of 29 students coming from Finland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States and Hungary. While the Student Challenge dates back to many years in the United States, the first such event in Europe was held in 2015, nevertheless, with increasing interest, as the number of participants has increased with one-third of last year’s participant numbers. The Student Challenge enjoyed the support of several leading companies in information and cyber security, who – in addition to the organisers – offered personal consultation opportunities and career advice to the groups.

The significance of the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge lies within its comprehensive approach towards cyber security: performing in the simulation required knowledge in military, law enforcement, public administration and international affairs, just as in the area of technical solutions and political decision-making. The groups also had to know how to cope with the media, diplomatic relations and with regulations in international law.

The four faculties of NUPS were equally involved in the competition, as the Hungarian team of four (Martin Arany-Víró from the faculty of Law Enforcement, Annamária Beláz from the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration, Judit Keczer from the Faculty of International and European Studies and Gábor Simon from the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training) laid great emphasis in the various branches of public service reinforcing each-other.

After the pre-selections at NUPS, preparation for the event began in early February coordinated by Dániel Berzsenyi, head of the group from the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies, and supported by Dr. Csaba Krasznay and Dr. Attila Kiss from the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration. The preparation was held in the form of several presentations and consultations and the procession of a great amount of literature. In addition to their performance at the event, the participants from NUPS also had the opportunity for professional and personal networking with international experts of the field.