NZ Cyber Security Challenge a huge hit

A blog post from Ellen Strickland, InternetNZ's Community Programme Director

Cyber SecurityLast Friday, the New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge was held at the University of Waikato, organised by the Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato and Computer Science Student Society.

The theme of the event was "pirates" and the challenge saw teams compete to gain access to online treasure maps against some rather sophisticated pirate adversaries. Event registration was open to teams from industry and the public to participate. It had over 150 registrations, including over 30 high school students, as well as a hefty waitlist.

I went along to the event and checked out the jobs fair and opening industry talks. It was great to see all the participants' excitement for the challenge. InternetNZ believe in an open Internet and one of the areas of challenge for that open Internet is cyber security.

I think the best way we can help shape the future of the Internet for the good of New Zealand, including addressing the challenges, is by working together. So it was awesome to see government, industry and universities working together to engage young people around cyber security. Many industry and government organisations from across New Zealand were there, including sponsors and supporters. A highlight of the industry talks was Paul Ash, Director of the National Cyber Policy Office, who also mentioned the importance of collaboration across sectors in the area of cyber security.

Well done to the University of Waikato for the massive turn out and congratulations to the winning teams! InternetNZ were proud to be a supporter of this successful event.

Check out more details about the Cyber Security Challenge here.