by Kevin Y. Kim
The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is the first-ever competition where
students compete to give the best policy advice for an ongoing national
security cyber conflict. Nearly every other cyber competition is run by
Computer Science departments and is all about the technical aspects,
like “capture the flag” games over the network. If that’s all we
do, how will we ever grow the students who focus on international
relations and security policy? It’s great to see these students making
recommendations like “no one has died yet, so no Article 5 yet; let’s
rely on sanctions for now…” Past teams have come from SAIS, SIPA,
USNA, Harvard Law, Brown, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and NDU and this year we
really want to have a broad representation.
We’re in our third year and will be holding events in Geneva and DC, at
American University, on 12 and 12 March, a Friday and Saturday. We
usually have Gen Hayden give a keynote and Jim Miller will be one of our
celebrity judges for the final round on Saturday afternoon.
Registration is still open for a few more weeks. Essentially, a team
needs 4 people, a coach to help advise them, and a way to get to DC! No
fee for participating…
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2016 CYBER 9/12 STUDENT CHALLENGE!
The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is back! The Atlantic Council will host
the fourth annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in WASHINGTON DC on MARCH
11-12, 2016. Students and mentors work in teams to tackle cyber security
challenges, defend against a major cyberattack, respond to evolving
situations, and develop policy recommendations. Can you save your nation
What is the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge?
The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is designed to provide students across
academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy
challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. It presents
students with a unique opportunity to interact with expert mentors and
high-level cyber professionals, while developing valuable skills in
policy analysis and presentation. The Challenge has already engaged over
400 students from universities in the United States, United Kingdom,
France, Poland, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland, and Estonia.
Previous judges and speakers include prominent cybersecurity experts
such as Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of CIA and NSA; Christopher
Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, US Department of State; Amb.
Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security
Challenges; Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Head of Cyber Policy Coordination at
European External Action Service; Cheri McGuire, Symantec’s Vice
President of Global Government Affairs and Cybersecurity Policy; Dmitri
Alperovitch, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of CrowdStrike; and
David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent of the New York Times,
among many others.
Talk to your friends, classmates, teachers, and advisors about starting
a team. We hope you can join us in making the 2016 Student Challenges in
the United States and Europe a success!
INTERESTED IN HOSTING AN AFFILIATED EVENT?
Affiliated events are one-day student- or faculty-run events with
support from the Atlantic Council, serving as practice for the main
events. Help your school to choose the best teams! Contact us for more
Assistant Director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative