Global CyberLympics, the world’s first international team ethical hacking championships, kicked off on Sep 18 with the European Championships being held in Budapest.
The team formed by Deloitte Netherlands came up tops after a grueling contest with other teams, and earned the prestigious accolade of being the first CyberLymics European Champions. They will now represent Europe in the world finals in 2012.
The Global CyberLympics, endorsed by the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations, held its first of the hacking championships series in Budapest, alongside Hacktivity – touted as the largest hacker conference in Central and Eastern Europe. There were more than 1000 people from across Europe attending the event.
Conceived by EC-Council, the Global CyberLympics is supported by the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations’ specialized agency – the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
This is a series of ethical hacking games comprised of both offensive and defensive security challenges. Teams will vie for the regional championships, followed by a world finals round to determine the world’s best ethical hacking team. EC-Council is sponsoring over $400,000 worth of prizes at the CyberLympics.
“The Global CyberLympics could help to foster a greater sense of partnership and cooperation between countries on the issue of cybersecurity,” said Mohd Noor Amin, Chairman of IMPACT.
“By sharing knowledge, training and resources, we can help to improve the level of cybersecurity in many countries and regions around the world.”
“Congratulations to the team from Deloitte Netherlands! Our purpose with the Global CyberLympics initiative is to help establish true cybersecurity partnerships across borders,” said Jay Bavisi, Chairman of the Global CyberLympics Organizing Committee and president of EC-Council.
“We are very honored to have this initiative supported by key players in the information security community, including IMPACT, the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations, events such as GITEX, the largest IT tradeshow in the Middle East region, and Hacktivity, the largest hackers conference in central and eastern Europe.”
“The CyberLympics presents a unique set of challenges that puts competing teams through a real life environment which include offensive hacking strategies but also deploying defensive capabilities to prevent being hacked. This approach makes the CyberLympics stand out from other cyber games elsewhere,” said Steven Raspe, captain of the Deloitte Netherlands team, named Hack.ers.
“It is an honor to be among the first to participate in, and to win this championship. We are looking forward to representing Europe at the World Finals of the CyberLympics in 2012.”
The games come at a crucial time as global cyber threats appear to be escalating. According to the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, the annual loss of intellectual property and investment opportunities is $6 to $20 billion as a result of hacking. In a recent article about cyber espionage attacks against the US, the magazine Vanity Fair even referred to 2011 as “the Year of the Hack.”
Following up next will be the regional championships for Middle East and India, to be held at GITEX – Heralded as one of the largest and most important ICT events around the globe.
The CyberLympics world final is tentatively scheduled for the first quarter of 2012, with its venue still being decided. iSight Partners’ Threatspace platform is the Official Technology Partner of the Global CyberLympics 2011-12.
Registration for the Global CyberLympics is open, and more details can be found at the official Global CyberLympics website: http://www.cyberlympics.org.
For media and partnership inquiries, please contact: Leonard Chin, Vice Chair - Global CyberLympics Organizing Committee: leonard [at] cyberlympics.org.
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce. It is the owner and developer of 20 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and Certified Security Analyst /Licensed Penetration Tester (ECSA/LPT). EC-Council has trained over 90,000 security professionals and certified more than 40,000 members.
EC-Council’s certification programs are offered by over 450 training centers across 87 countries. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, the Montgomery GI Bill, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted information security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More information about EC-Council is available at http://www.eccouncil.org.