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Inter-ACE Cyber Security Challenge

Inter-ACE Cyber Security Challenge

Challenges including the prevention of a hack on a UK city’s infrastructure have been tackled by over 130 students who took part in this year’s Inter-ACE 2018 cyber security challenge.

Hosted by Cambridge University, the event saw 34 teams from 18 of the UK’s top cyber security universities converge to battle it out for a cash prize and the chance to compete at a parallel event in the US.

The competition, supported by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre and designed to attract the next generation of cyber security talent, took place over two days on the 16th and 17th of March 2018. The victorious team from Edinburgh University won the top prize of £6,000, with second place going to Southampton University and Imperial College London taking bronze.

The winners will now compete with the best of the USA at C2C –‘Cambridge2Cambridge’, a transatlantic contest jointly organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Cambridge University to be held between the 29th of June and 1st of July 2018 at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Inter-ACE 2018 involved a number of different scenarios, including preventing a hack on a UK city’s infrastructure and a tap on an undersea communications cable. Connected devices such as a children’s toy were also used to demonstrate the impact of hacking techniques. The two-day event featured over 20 challenges in total, set by experts from Cambridge University and sponsors including Context IS and Palo Alto Networks.

Established through the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy and supported by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, Inter-ACE is sponsored by Microsoft, BT, Palo Alto and Context IS.

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