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MPhil Team win Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

last modified Feb 19, 2019 02:04 PM

This past week, four POLIS MPhil International Relations and Politics students (Tomass Pildegovics, Jamie MacColl, Gary Dreyer, Ainsley Katz) won the 1st place prize at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. The competition featured 17 teams from around the United Kingdom and was hosted in the BT Tower in London. The first place grand prize is an all-expenses paid trip to attend Black Hat USA 2019 (a cybersecurity conference) in Las Vegas in August 2019.

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 nontechnical background to test the waters of both cyber security and policymaking. The Cyber 9/12 Challenge underscores the importance of blended learning and cross-sectoral coordination that are critical to cyber security. This, in turn, emphasises the value of a diverse and innovative cyber-security workforce.

In addition to the competition, the Atlantic Council also organised networking sessions where the student team members had the opportunity to meet and learn from experts in the fields of cyber security, military, telecommunications, and journalism. Congratulations to all on behalf of the Department!