Have you got what it takes to represent the UK in Spain?

Posted — 04.04.2017

The European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) is an annual event supported by ENISA – the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security. The aim is to discover young and emerging cyber security talent across Europe. The event is an intense, but fun filled five days, where you will meet new friends, attend networking events as well as compete in the competition day. A previous contestant said it “was the best few days I have spent at a competition, both learning a lot as well as making new friends. Would highly recommend everyone do it!”


Each country provides a team of 10 competitors, who satisfy a number of criterion such as level of qualification and age (see below). This year, the UK team will be selected at a Face to Face competition devised and hosted by Roke Manor in Romsey. The challenges, set by Roke’s cyber engineers, will test competitor’s abilities over a range of disciplines including pen testing, reverse engineering and encryption. Qualification day will be Friday July 7th, and if you are chosen to be [art of the team, you will be travelling to Spain at the end of October.

The Event

The competition itself is being held in Malaga between October 30th and November 3rd . The successful challengers will battle it out against teams from Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Romania, Cyprus, Denmark, Italy and Sweden – the biggest competition yet as four new countries join in this event.

What is Tested?

The European Cyber Security Challenge is an opportunity for the top cyber talents from each country to meet, network, collaborate and finally compete against each other to determine which country has the best cyber talents. To find out which country’s team is the best, contestants have to solve security related tasks from domains such as web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering and forensics and collect points for solving them.


If you are interested, you must fulfil the following criterion:

1.       Be aged 20 years and under as at July 7th 2017 to be part of the ‘junior’ element of the team

2.       Be aged between 20 and 25 as at July 7th 2017 to be part of the ‘senior’ element of the team

3.       Be a UK National (i.e. carry a Passport issued by the UK)

For any queries please contact Debbie Tunstall