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CySCA2018 is over!

Top 10 teams from the Scoreboard:

  1. Generic placeholder imageThe University of New South Wales (UNSW1) - 3791 points
  2. Generic placeholder imageThe University of New South Wales (unsw3) - 3491 points
  3. Generic placeholder imageMonash University (MONU1) - 3171 points
  4. University of Melbourne (uom2) - 2826 points
  5. The University of New South Wales (UNSW2) - 2682 points
  6. Western Sydney University (SecSession) - 2468 points
  7. RMIT University (Floppy Disk 2077) - 2415 points
  8. Macquarie University (T@st3 0ur P4y!0@d) - 2330 points
  9. RMIT University (rmitu3) - 2301 points
  10. Monash University (monu3) - 2196 points

Watch this space as solution guides, In-A-Box, and prize information are still to come.

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CySCA2018 Scoreboard

Placement, challenge completion and team information for this year's competitors

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CySCA2018 Scoreboard


Announcements : Thats a wrap!

Australia’s flagship national cyber security challenge wrapped up at 12 noon on 10 October after a record number of Australian tertiary students battled to reverse real-world cyber threats around Australia.

Defending champions at the University of New South Wales were victorious again, taking first and second place, with Monash University coming third. For the first time ever, eight teams competed live onsite at an AISA-sponsored space in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Lynn Moore, head of Engagement, Operations and Intelligence at the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) pressed the finish button and praised everyone for their support and enthusiasm for cyber security in the competition’s sixth year.

'This is an event to encourage our young people to really get involved in cyber security. Watching this event from its infancy when it first started in 2012 to now, it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come and the massive increase in student participation.' -Lynn Moore

Thank you to our 2018 corporate partners for working around the clock to bring you the biggest challenge to date, with over 420 competitors from 35 universities and TAFEs across Australia. Watch this space for CySCA2018 In-A-Box to start practicing for 2019!

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The Challenge : What is CySCA?

CySCA is a ‘hacking’ competition run by an alliance of Australian Government, business and academic professionals who are committed to finding the next generation of Australian cyber security talent – including you!

Starting in 2012, CySCA will show you what it’s like to work in cyber security and will get your name in front of some of Australia’s most dynamic employers.

CySCA is Australia’s only national cyber security competition. It runs over 24-hours and will test both your technical skills and communication know-how. It’s not easy, but it’s heaps of fun, and the opportunities you get from participating are fantastic.

Think you’re up for the Challenge?


This Years Challenge : What is it all about?

Prize Pool

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Briefing Pack & Theme

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Founded in 2018, BreakOutBox (BOB) was established to deliver a new concept to the launch startup incubator model.

BreakOutBox was formed by Sarah Burns, from the highly successful WeCoSpace and SpaceInSpace colocation services.


Rules & eligibility : What's required?

CySCA is open to full-time Australian university undergraduates and undergraduate-equivalent TAFE students based in Australia. Each team may contain up to four students, studying full-time at an Australian institution.

The Australian Government and CySCA partners are committed to encouraging First Year Students to experience real-world cyber security challenges, and encourage Institutions to register First Year Student teams, in addition to more experienced student teams. There’s even a prize for the 1st First Year Team to compete in CySCA 2018.

We are also committed to ensuring gender diversity in the cyber security workforce of the future. As such, we are again offering female competitors the opportunity to participate in our Women in Cyber Mentoring Events #womenincyber.

Team Coordinators are encouraged to identify women who may not necessarily take the opportunity to compete in CySCA and create the opportunity for them. A strong cyber security workforce must have an equitable representation of the community that it supports. 2017 saw only 12% female representation – lets aim for 50/50 in 2018!

Exceptions to the full-time requirements:

  • A student is studying part-time due to disability and can provide the appropriate documentation from their institution; or
  • A student is studying part-time as they are in their final semester and do not have sufficient remaining units to constitute full-time study.

Team Coordinators are responsible for submitting their Universities/TAFEs Expression of Interest, and Team and Student information:

  • Individual applications will not be considered.
  • Registration does not guarantee entry into the event.

You will not be able to participate in the Cyber Security Challenge:

  • If you are not a registered student in CySCA 2018. No substitutes are permitted.
  • If you do not agree to the Terms and Conditions outlined for "Institutions", "Team Coordinators" and "Students" upon registration, and again prior to accessing the game environment.
  • If incomplete or Incorrect personal information required for registration is given.
  • If you do not consent to CySCA organisers using or disclosing your information for any of the purposes identified in the Privacy Statement.
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Want to get involved for 2018 and beyond? Email
cyber.challenge@defence.gov.au
for more information.