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Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge

March 16

Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge

1030 15th St. NW

Washington, District of Columbia

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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For exhibiting information contact

Anni Piiparinen [email protected]


What is the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge?

The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is an annual cyber policy competition for students across the globe to compete in developing national security policy recommendations tackling a fictional cyber catastrophe. In 2017, the Student Challenge will take place in Washington, DC on March 17-18, Geneva, Switzerland on April 20-21, and Sydney, Australia in September. The competition has already engaged over 700 students from universities in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Now entering its fifth year, the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is a one-of-a-kind competition designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. Part interactive learning experience and part competitive scenario exercise, it challenges teams to respond to a realistic, evolving cyberattack and analyze the threat it poses to national, international, and private sector interests. Student teams will be challenged to respond to an evolving scenario involving a major cyber-attack and analyze the threats that it poses to state, military, and private sector interests. Teams will be judged based on the quality of their policy responses, their decision-making processes, and their oral presentations to a panel of judges.

Along the way, teams will work with coaches from their home institutions to develop their policy skills; feedback from expert panels of judges will ensure that all participants have an opportunity to improve their skills; and the collaborative environment will provide networking opportunities during the competition. By participating in the competition, students have a unique opportunity to interact with expert mentors and high-level cyber professionals, while developing valuable skills in policy analysis and presentation.