The Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is a competition designed to identify and foster the next generation of policy and strategy leaders for the cyber security challenges of the future. These competitions take place internationally (Austin, Lille, London, Washington, Geneva, and Sydney), but our students attended the event in London.
In the competition, teams take on the role of senior advisors to government Ministers in responding to an evolving cyber attack. Over two days, the scenario evolves through three rounds with a grand finale in front of senior UK cyber security experts. The competition is multidisciplinary in nature, allowing those with a non-technical background to test the waters of both cyber security and policymaking. The Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge underscores the importance of blended learning and cross-sectoral coordination that are critical to cyber security. This, in turn, emphasizes the value of a diverse and innovative cyber-security workforce.
This kind of policy-oriented cyber competition is a valuable complement to the more technology-oriented hacking challenges that the Cambridge ACE-CSR founded and ran in previous years, the national-level Inter-ACE and the international Cambridge 2 Cambridge.
Team CamPhishing placed first out of seventeen teams from various UK universities. Its members are now considering cyber as a potential future career.