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Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge Timeline


Three to Four Months before the Competition

Registration opens for student teams of four. Teams with competitors who have little or no relevant professional experience related to cybersecurity, policy or strategy are eligible to compete in the Student Track. Teams with competitors that have substantial relevant professional experience related to cybersecurity, policy and strategy are eligible to compete in the Professional Track.

One Month before the Competition

Teams receive Intelligence Report I. The stage is set for the simulated cyberattack and the teams begin preparing their written policy briefs.

Two Weeks before the Competition

Teams submit their written policy briefs to the Atlantic Council Cyber Statecraft Initiative.

Competition Day 1 – Qualifying

Teams are divided into Professional and Student tracks. In their separate trakcs. they give a ten minute presentation to a panel of judges, followed by ten minutes of judges' questions and final feedback. Advancing teams receive Intelligence Report II.

Competition Day 2 – Semifinal and Final

Semifinalist teams present modified policy recommendations based on the evolving scenario. Two Professional and two Student teams will advance to the final round, where they are given Intelligence Report III and 15 minutes to adjust their recommendations. Finalists present on stage to a panel of celebrity judges, who award the winning Professional and Student teams in a closing reception.

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