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 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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  • Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge: Location & Directions (Europe)

    Getting There

    The event will take place at the at the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) located at 17 Rue de Varembé, in Geneva, Switzerland.

    By bus or tram

    CICG is located right next to les Nations square with several public transportation connections. E.g. tram 15 has its final stop at les Nations and gives easy access to the Conference Center. Other connections are buses 5, 11, 22, 28, F and Z, and tram 8. More information on how to get to either Nations or Vermont stops is found here.


    From les Nations, turn left to walk along Avenue de France. At the corner of ITU, turn right to Rue de Varambé and walk along the street until you reach le CICG.

    Distance: app....

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  • Atlantic Council Opens Registration for 2015 Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge

    The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative has opened registration for its third annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge.

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  • Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge: Gallery

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  • Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge: 2015 Registration


    Graduate and undergraduate students from US and international universities, including defense colleges and military academies, who are interested in the disciplines of cybersecurity policy, international relations, computer science, law, and other related fields are invited to apply to compete in teams of four individuals. Teams that register less than four competitors may be considered at the discretion of the competition director, space permitting. There are no requirements for team composition based on the majors or education level of team members.


    Each team must recruit a coach to assist in preparing for the competition. Teams are expected to rely on their coaches in particular to help develop and revise their policy ideas for the competition and confer with them during the breaks between rounds and stages.


    We are seeking experts with previous policy and cyber experience to serve as judges. Each...

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  • 2015 Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge Competition

    The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is the only student competition devoted to high-level policy recommendations for day-after responses to a major cyber incident. The annual event organized by the Atlantic Council and hosted by American University is the "must attend" student event in international cybersecurity policy. The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge engages students with a small group of experts representing various sectors including government, finance, telecom, and the press. This competition promotes awareness of cybersecurity policy issues while providing students and experts an opportunity to network with cybersecurity experts and develop new ideas on the future of cybersecurity policy.

    In 2015 the competition will include two events:

    • In the United States, the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge will take place on March 13 and 14 at American University in Washington, DC.
    • In Europe, the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge will take place on April

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  • 2014 Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge Competition Results

    First Place 

    Team Phoenix
    Mike Hooper (National Intelligence University) 
    Maggie Smith (Eastern Michigan University) 
    Rock Stevens (Eastern Michigan University) 
    Jason Rivera (Georgetown University)

    Second Place 

    Bill Young (MIT) 
    Josephine Wolff (MIT) 
    Evann Smith (Harvard University)

    Third Place

    Michael Cook (Carnegie

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