Cyber 9/12 Project

The Cyber 9/12 Project explores how we should respond the day after a major cyber calamity. Learn More
  • Cyber 9/12 Event Featured in Maxwell Air Force Base Blog


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  • Atlantic Council Cyber Statecraft Initiative Concludes Fourth Annual Student Cyber-Policy Competition

    The Atlantic Council’s fourth annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge was held on March 11-12 at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC. Forty teams competed to offer their best national-security policy prescriptions for combating evolving cyber conflict scenarios. Student competitors came from Arizona State University, Brown University, Columbia University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Tufts University, National Defense University, and many more.


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  • Homeland Security Blog Features Cyber 9/12 Challenge


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  • CNBC Features Cyber 9/12 Challenge

    CNBC features the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative Cyber 9/12 Challenge in discussing why more companies are starting to hire hackers:

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  • Contact Us

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    For more information, please contact Ms. Safa Shahwan, Assistant Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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  • Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge: Support Us

     
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    The Student Challenge presents a prime opportunity for companies to engage with top policy and technical talent from around the world. With its numerous recruiting events, marketing opportunities, and speaking slots, the competition allows organizations to

    • hire a skilled workforce from a diverse pool of 150+ students;
    • demonstrate thought leadership by fostering trust and understanding through building bridges between the tech and policy communities;
    • connect with leading and emerging experts in major international policy hubs;
    • cultivate multidisciplinary thinking in the next
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  • About the Challenge

    Now entering its sixth 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.

    Students have a unique opportunity to interact with expert mentors and high-level cyber professionals while developing valuable skills in policy analysis and presentation. The competition has already engaged over 700 students from universities in the United States, United Kingdom, France, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia.

    In Washington, DC, in partnership with...

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  • Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge: Join Us

    . . .as a competitor in the Student Track:

    Graduate and undergraduate students from any university, including defense colleges and military academies, are invited to apply to compete in teams of four. There are no requirements for team composition based on academic majors, education levels, or nationalities of team members. Competitors in this category will have little or no relevant professional experience related to cybersecurity, policy and strategy.

    . . .as a competitor in the Professional Track:

    Graduate and undergraduate students from any university, including defense colleges and military academies, are invited to apply to compete in teams of four. There are no requirements for team composition based on academic majors, education levels, or nationalities of team members. Competitors in this category will have substantial relevant professional experience related to cybersecurity, policy and strategy.
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  • Cyber Statecraft Initiative and GCSP Hold First-Ever European Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in Geneva

    The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative together with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) concluded the first European Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, held on April 22 to 23 in Geneva, Switzerland. In the first competition of its kind in Europe, sixteen teams competed to offer their best national security policy prescriptions for combating escalating cyber conflict. The teams traveled to Geneva from the United Kingdom, France, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, Hungary, Estonia, and the United States. By bringing together current and future cyber policymakers from across the transatlantic community, the Student Challenge provided a unique venue for advancing cybersecurity education in Europe and beyond.


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  • Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge: US Competition 2015


    The Atlantic Council's third annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge was held on March 13-14 in Washington, DC. Twenty teams from across the country competed to offer their best national security policy prescriptions for combating increased cyber conflict. This year's winner was BrownSecure from Brown University, coached by John Savage and the only team of undergraduates in the final round!

    The students' policy suggestions were judged by prominent panels of cybersecurity experts, including David Sanger, the New York Times' Chief Washington Correspondent; Dmitri Alperovitch, Cofounder and CTO at CrowdStrike; Rosemary Wenchel, ‎Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security; Bobbie Stempfley, Director of Cybersecurity Implementation at MITRE Corporation; Neal Pollard, Director of Forensic Technology Solutions at PricewaterhouseCoopers; and many

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