The Road To Athens | 19 Teams Compete For The European Cyber Security Challenge Title In Prague | Redefining Education With Iaonnis Agrafiotis, Advian Belmonte, Pedro Adão, Petr Jirasek, Mario Polino, Tom Levasseur, And Jessica Gulick

Episode Summary

Let the games begin! Let your friends compete. Let the best team win! It's all part of a European strategy to attract, train, and nurture the next generations of cybersecurity professionals.

Episode Notes

Let the games begin! Let your friends compete. Let the best team win! It's all part of a European strategy to attract, train, and nurture the next generations of cybersecurity professionals.

Join Sean Martin, and he connects with our on-the-ground reporter and founder of the US Cyber Games, Jessica Gulick, as we discuss this year's European Cyber Security Challenge being held in Prague by Prague's cybersecurity challenge team of competitors and volunteers. What does it take to put this event together? Who is competing? Who is winning? And what does it mean to compete and win? And, why is Canada participating in a European challenge? There's a compelling and meaningful reason, trust us.

Join us as we connect live with the team (watch the video) and then root on your favorite team as they compete for this challenge and then make their way on to the international cybersecurity challenge.


About the European Cyber Security Challenge
European countries host their national cybersecurity competitions. The winners of the national contests represent their countries in the ECSC. Similar to the ECSC, the national cybersecurity competitions consist of security-related challenges from domains such as web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering, and forensics, which the participants have to solve in order to collect points. The individuals with the most points win the competition and secure a place in their national team, which will go on to compete in the ECSC finals.

About the International Cybersecurity Challenge
In the first International Cybersecurity Challenge, teams from across the globe will compete in a series of challenges such as web application and system exploitation, cryptography, reverse engineering, hardware challenges, forensics and escape rooms.

About the US Cyber Games
The US Cyber Games was founded by Katzcy, in cooperation with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The program will run from April to October 2021 and consist of the US Cyber Open, the US Cyber Combine Invitational, and the selection of the first-ever US Cyber Team™ to represent the United States at the 2021 International Cyber Security Challenge (ICSC) held in Athens, Greece in December.

About the European Cybersecurity Challenge
The European Cybersecurity Challenge (ECC) is an annual competition, coordinated by the European Union Agency for cybersecurity. The event offers a platform for young cyber talents across Europe to gather and engage in networking over a unique opportunity to experience cooperation in trying to resolve a cybersecurity problem.

The ECC is intended to encourage young people to pursue a career in cybersecurity, by challenging and developing the participants’ skills needed in such extreme situations and connecting them with industry.


Iaonnis Agrafiotis, ENISA, ICC
Advian Belmonte, PM ECSC Enisa
Pedro Adão, Coach Team Portugal and Europe
Petr Jirasek, Chairperson ECSC, ENISA Steering Committee, Chairman Czech National Cybersecurity Competition (led the day)
Mario Polino, Italy Coach, Team Europe, Trainer
Tom Levasseur, Coach and Organizer for Cyber Team Canada
Jessica Gulick, Founder US Cyber Games


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