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 22-23 at the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) located at 17 Rue de Varembé, in Geneva, Switzerland in collaboration with the Geneva Center for Security Policy.

The registration for US and European competition will open in December.

What is the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge?

Throughout the competition, students will confront a serious cyber security breach by composing their ideal cyber policy recommendations and justifying the decision-making process used to rank priorities. During the course of the competition, the scenario will continue to evolve, forcing advancing teams to focus on key priorities during a major cyber attack against the United States.

By participating in the competition, students get the unique opportunity to apply their policy recommendations by briefing real global experts in cybersecurity. Their performance is evaluated by some of the world’s leading cybersecurity policy experts who will participate.

Who Can Participate?

Graduate and undergraduate students from US and international universities and military and defense colleges 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 three to four individuals.

How to Participate?

2015 competition registration will open in December. More information will be posted on this website as it becomes available. You can access competition rules outlining the process here and FAQ’s here.
How to contact the organizers?

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Please email organizers of European competition