Students compete in national cyber security challenge final

CyberTaipan

Media Release: 12th March 2019

The exciting culmination of the national youth cyber security competition, CyberTaipan, will be held in the nation’s capital on Saturday, 16th of March. CyberTaipan is presented by Northrop Grumman in partnership with AustCyber, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network. The pilot season is sponsored by BlackBerry, PwC Australia and Woodside Energy.

Teams of students aged 12 - 18 from across Australia will battle it out against one another to win the prestigious title. 

Michelle Price, CEO, AustCyber said: ‘We are very excited to invite students from all over Australia to compete in the first CyberTaipan pilot finals. Making Australia the leading centre for cyber security education drives our work at AustCyber. Engaging students in the industry will ensure a strong, qualified workforce to lead Australian cyber security into the future.”

To reach the finals, each team has already worked their way through several challenge rounds, pitted against 28 other teams from high schools and community groups around the country for the opportunity to go head-to-head in Canberra.

“We thank all teams who participated in CyberTaipan’s inaugural competition, and congratulate those who qualified for the National Finals,” said Diane Miller, Director of Global Cyber Education and Workforce Initiatives at Northrop Grumman. ‘Cyber security challenges are a great way of engaging students around the world to learn cyber defence skills and about the great academic and career opportunities in cyber security. We are delighted to bring this challenge to Australia after its great success in the US.’

The competition will take place at Canberra Institute of Technology with the winners announced at a VIP Ceremony hosted at Parliament House.

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About CyberTaipan

CyberTaipan is an Australian youth cyber security competition that is modelled on the US Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program. This program has been running successfully for 11 years and has already expanded into Canada as CyberTitan, the UK as CyberCenturion and Saudi Arabia as CyberArabia. 

The competition is designed to educate, engage and inspire young people to develop skills and pursue careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. 

Participants gain exposure to real world defensive cyber security principles and ethics, while developing their technical, leadership, communication and teamwork skills and abilities.

Through several rounds of competition, teams are provided a set of virtual images that represent operating systems. Over a six-hour period, each team is tasked with finding cyber security vulnerabilities within the images, receiving points for protecting the system while maintaining critical services. 

About Northrop Grumman

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About AustCyber

AustCyber’s mission is to grow a vibrant and globally competitive cyber security sector that enhances Australia’s future economic growth. As part of this mission, it aims to be an independent national body to better align disparate cyber security initiatives and investments across industry, the research community, academia, and government.

AustCyber is part of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative, which aims to tap new sources of economic growth by maximising Australia’s competitive advantage in six knowledge-driven, high-value sectors.