About the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Now entering its seventh year, the Cyber 9/12 Strategy 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 and receive feedback from expert mentors and high-level cyber professionals while developing valuable skills in policy analysis and presentation. The competition has already engaged over 1000 students from universities in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, China, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Switzerland, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia.
Winners of the 2018 Cyber 9/12 Geneva competition with Ambassador Chritian Dussey, Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and Chelsey Slack, Deputy Head of NATO’s Cyber Defence Section.
In Washington, DC, student teams confront a serious cybersecurity breach of national and international importance. Teams will compose policy recommendations and justify their decision-making process, considering the role and implications for relevant civilian, military, law enforcement, and private sector entities and updating the recommendations as the scenario evolves.
In Geneva, Switzerland, in partnership with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), students respond to a major cyberattack on European networks. Competitors will provide recommendations balancing individual national approaches and a collective crisis management response, considering capabilities, policies, and governance structures of NATO, EU, and individual nations. The competition fosters a culture of cooperation and a better understanding of these organizations and their member states in responding to cyberattacks.
In London, UK, in partnership with the Royal United Services Institute and senior government and industry stakeholders, student teams will compete in the first UK cyber strategy and policy event of its kind. How do we best steer the UK through a large scale cyber crisis impacting businesses and critical services? Mixed discipline, creative teams will need to understand not just the technology and strategy challenge they are faced with but then also present potential solutions to senior government and industry decision makers on their options in the face of a cyber security crisis.
In Sydney, Australia, in partnership with the University of Sydney and Sydney Cyber Security Network students will participate in the first event of its kind in the Indo-Pacific region by responding to a major cyber-attack of national and international importance. Teams will compose policy recommendations and justify their decision-making process, considering the roles and responsibilities of relevant civilian, military, law enforcement, and private sector organizations, and updating their recommendations as the scenario evolves.
In Lille, France, in partnership with the French Institute of Geopolitcs, students will respond to an escalating cyberattack on the sidelines of the International Cybersecurity Forum in the first-ever cyber policy challenge in France. The winning team will have the opportunity to present their policy recommendations in the plenary session of the conference.
For any questions about the competition, please contact the staff at the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative.