Cyber 9/12 Project

The Cyber 9/12 Project explores how we should respond the day after a major cyber calamity. Learn More
  • What if a Cyberattack Ignited a War?

    Cyber 9/12 contest participants present policy options to contain crisis

    A cyberattack has brought nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan to the brink of war. An unknown adversary has hacked into a US defense contractor’s computer systems, stolen highly sensitive data, and potentially taken over Global Positioning System satellites. Fighter jets and military radios, along with commercial airlines and mobile phones, are all at risk.

    As tensions escalate, non-state actors falsely claim responsibility for the cyberattack. Meanwhile, India and Pakistan inch toward full-scale war as a Pakistani missile shoots down an Indian commercial airliner that has mistakenly strayed into the airspace over the contested Kashmir region.

    This was the fictional scenario laid out in a simulation at the fourth annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge held at American University on March 11-12. Who carried out the data breach? Were civilian GPS systems affected? Did...

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  • An Overview of the Fourth Annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge

    40 Teams, 25 Universities, 14 States... 1 Cyber Policy Competition:
    An Overview of the Fourth Annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge (Part 1)

    The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative held its fourth annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge on March 11 and 12, 2016. Forty teams from 25 universities participated, along with high-level judges and speakers. American University’s School of International Service hosted the event in Washington, DC. Leidos, FireEye, Symantec, Baker & McKenzie, AU’s School of International Service, and the Military Cyber Professionals Association provided support and funding. This year’s competition continued a strong tradition, while also setting new records. 

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  • 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

    C912 Color revised

    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 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 expert mentors and high-level cyber professionals while developing valuable skills in policy analysis and presentation. The competition has already engaged over 1,100 students from universities in the United States, United Kingdom, France, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia.


    Austin, Texas | January 10-11

    In partnership with the Robert Strauss Center for International

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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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