Cyprus Cyber Security Challenge

This is the official page of the Cyprus Cyber Security Challenge (CCSC). Through the CCSC the Cyprus National Team is selected and trained in order to compete at the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) which takes place annually.

The Cyprus Computer Society in cooperation with information security specialists in Cyprus, from both academia and the industry is preparing the Cyprus’ first national team for this year’s ECSC. These mentors setup and run the national challenges, disseminate the activities and train and prepare the cyber talents for the ECSC.

The 2018 CCSC took place in July 2018 and included two sessions. The first session was a 48-hour online CTF Challenge in which more than 50 participants registered. The second session was a personal meeting with the best cyber talents out of which the Cyprus Cyber Security Team was selected. Following the ECSC rules each National team comprises of ten members between the ages 14-25.

During September 2018, the National Team will participate in CTF’s and workshops in order to practice and get ready for its participation at the European Cyber Security Challenge.

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Organiser

The Cyprus Computer Society (CCS) is a professional, scientific and independent, not-for-profit organization, seeking to develop, promote and serve the ICT sector and professionals in recognition of the impact that informatics has on employment, business, society as well as on the quality of life of the citizen.

https://www.ccs.org.cy/

European Cyber Security Challenge

The growing need for IT security professionals is widely acknowledged worldwide. To help mitigate this shortage of skills, many countries launched national cyber security competitions targeting towards students, university graduates or even non-ICT professionals with a clear aim to find new and young cyber talents and encourage young people to pursue a career in cyber security.
The European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) leverages on these competitions by adding a pan-European layer.
ECSC is an initiative by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and aims at enhancing cyber security talent across Europe and connecting high potentials with industry leading organizations.
It’s four primary goals are: Cybersecurity, Collaboration, Transparency and Policy
https://www.europeancybersecuritychallenge.eu/

ENISA

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) is a centre of expertise for cyber security in Europe. The Agency is located in Greece with its seat in Heraklion Crete and an operational office in Athens.
ENISA is actively contributing to a high level of network and information security (NIS) within the Union, since it was set up in 2004, to the development of a culture of NIS in society and in order to raise awareness of NIS, thus contributing to proper functioning of the internal market.
The Agency works closely together with Members States and private sector to deliver advice and solutions. This includes, the pan-European Cyber Security Exercises, the development of National Cyber Security Strategies, CSIRTs cooperation and capacity building, but also studies on secure Cloud adoption, addressing data protection issues, privacy enhancing technologies and privacy on emerging technologies, eIDs and trust services, and identifying the cyber threat landscape, and others. ENISA also supports the development and implementation of the European Union’s policy and law on matters relating to NIS.
https://www.enisa.europa.eu/

2018 CCSC Cyprus Team

Role Name Surname School/Organisation
Senior – Team Captain Nicos Mouzouras EY
Senior Stephanos Charalambous University of Southampton
Senior Stella Constantinou Deloitte
Senior Konstantinos Konstantinou University of Birmingham
Senior Antonios Papadopoulos University of Twente
Senior Andreas Pogiatzis University of Glasgow
Junior Michalis Antoniades
Junior Panayiotis Gavriil Agias Fylaxeos Lyceum, Limassol
Junior Harris Hadjiantonis St George’s Lyceum, Lakatameia
Junior Christodoulos Sotiriou Ethnomartira Kiprianou Lyceum, Strovolos

Accompanying coaches: Mr. George Beitis, Mr. Yiannis Ioannides, Mr. George Skouroupathis

Join the initiative

Anyone interested in Cyber Security can join the Cyprus Cyber Security initiave in three different ways. As a sponsor, a mentor or a participant. Contact us to learn more details.

Sponsor Organizations

Both from the ICT and the general business community are welcome to support and sponsor the initiative and the Cyprus’ team. They will be actively promoted in all events taking place for the team’s preparation as well as have their logos on the team’s uniforms.

Mentors

Active professionals and academics in the field of Cyber Security to offer their expertise and mentoring services to train and prepare participants as volunteers.

Team Members

Young talents aged 14 – 25, with an active interest in the field of information security. Each year they can participate at the Cyprus Cyber Security Challenge through which the National team is selected to participate at the annual ECSC.

Sponsors

Organizer

Panicos Masouras

Under the Auspices

Supporters

Strategic Partner

Gold sponsor

Eleftherios Antoniades

Silver sponsor

Bronze sponsor

07 - VirtualIT - Bronze sponsor

Technology Sponsor

Athos Boudourakis

Advisory Board

Eleftherios Antoniades
Antonis Antoniades
Elias Athanasopoulos
Demos Demou
Ioanna Dionysiou
Christos Makedonas
Panicos Masouras
Athos Boudourakis
Eliana Stavrou
Constantinos Tsiourtos
Christos Yiacoumis
Michael Sirivianos
Yianna Danidou
George Michaelides

Mentors

CCSC Trainers

Evangelos Nikolaou
KPMG

George Nicolaou
Silensec

George Skouroupathis
ODYSSEY

Christos Yiakoumi
KPMG

George Zantis
ODYSSEY

CCSC Challengers

Evangelos Nikolaou
KPMG

George Skouroupathis
ODYSSEY

Kyriakos Georgiou
SecureKey

Varnavas Papaioannou

Vasilis Sikkis
QSECURE

Communication Ambassadors

CTF Challenge Online Support Team

George Beitis
FXTM

Yiannis Ioannides
Deloitte

George Nicolaou
Silensec

Vasilis Sikkis
QSECURE

CCSC Interviewers

Alexandros Kaniklides
ODYSSEY

Christos Yiakoumi
KPMG

George Beitis
FXTM

George Nicolaou
Silensec

Nicholas Kola
ODYSSEY

Vasilis Sikkis
QSECURE

Yiannis Ioannides
Deloitte

Dissemination Support Team

Charis Florides

Andreas Christodoulou
Playtech

Pierre Jourdan

George Nicolaou
Silensec

Marios Ioannou

Vasilis Sikkis
QSECURE

Supporting Mentors

Andreas Christoforou
CIRCLEs

Andreas Ioannides

Antonis Charalambous
Unipart

Chrysostomos Daniel

Constantinos Constantinou
MindGeek Cyprus

Harald Gjermundrod
University of Nicosia

Nicolas Markitanis

Vasoulla Neophytou Savva
TLC Private School in Peyia / Olinder I.T Ltd (OmegaPosCy)

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