The first year of national competition in cyber security designed for secondary school students was organised by AFCEA Cyber Security Work Team in cooperation with a number of government, academic and professional partners, including the AEC.
The competition was divided into three rounds. The difficulty and complexity of the question and tasks increased in each round. The first round took place on-line at the turn of November/December 2016 and contained 15 more or less general questions from five areas of cyber security; the second round, which was also realised on-line in March 2017 comprised 10 practical tasks. Within the framework of the third round – final with obligatory attendance – was organised on 1st June 2017 in Brno within the framework of the International Defence and Security Technologies Fair IDET 2017, the 30 best competitors solved six complex team tasks for which they were given a solution time limit.
The first round of the competition was entered by almost 1,100 students from 162 different secondary schools, 286 students measured their skills in the second round and the 30 best students entered the final round.
Candidates for the Czech National Team destined to participate in the European finals were selected in the final round. Their qualifications were confirmed at the summer camp in the Cyber Polygon of Masaryk University in Brno in June 2017.
The executive guarantor of the cyber competition was the Work Team of the Czech Branch of the AFCEA (Armed Forces Communication & Electronics Association).The major professional guarantors were the National Security Authority of the Czech Republic (NSA) and the National Centre for Cyber Security (NCCS).Other professional guarantors were, for example, the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Czech technical University in Prague, University of Defence of the Czech Republic, Police Academy of the Czech Republic, Masaryk University, Brno University of Technology and others. AEC prepared a set of questions especially from the area of ethical hacking for the second and final rounds.
AEC counts on future support for this excellent project. It also offers support to the selected successful students in their studies and a possibility for co-operation in real security projects.