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Austria are Cyber Security European Champions

1 December 2015

The winners are in for this year’s European Cyber Security Challenge – and Team Austria’s convincing performance resulted in success.

Europe’s best hackers are from Austria, with the national team emerging as victors at the latest European Cyber Security Challenge in Lucerne, Switzerland. Shaking off challenges from very strong teams from Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Spain and the UK, Austria swept the board as winners of the Second European Cyber Security Challenge after victory in 2014.

The competition to find the next generation of young hackers saw the ten Austrian participants having to solve and present IT security challenges against the clock. The national team comprises the five best school pupils and the five top university students from the Cyber Security Challenge Austria heats.

The entire competition was based on defending a hypothetical firm from the kind of cyber-attack it might face in real life, with the teams having to respond effectively to attempts on their infrastructure from other competitors. While protecting their own network, they had to complete other tasks simultaneously, including analysing data streams, maintaining effective public relations and keeping the other teams under constant attack.