Media Release, 05 April 2012

ICT undergraduates from the University of New South Wales took top honours in the 2012 Cyber Defence University Challenge- an Australian first - and will jet off to the Black Hat Security conference in the US in July 2012 courtesy of Telstra.

Telstra’s Chief Information Security Officer Glenn Chisholm said the Challenge was a great success and the competition was tightly contested between the 15 teams of undergraduates from universities across Australia.

“There’s no doubt that as Australia becomes more technology driven, expert security skills will be very important in the industry to continue to protect our online environments from cyber crime such as data theft,” Mr Chisholm said.

“Information security is a really dynamic and challenging industry with new cyber threats arising on almost a daily basis. We can’t underestimate the value of a secure, stable and reliable Internet.

“The participants found the Challenge rewarding and exciting; I’m hoping that for many of them it’s ignited a passion for this field and is now something that they will seriously consider as a career option.

The 24 hour 2012 Cyber Defence University Challenge in which teams were required to identify IT vulnerabilities within a fictitious Australian business concluded at midday (AEST) 4 April. Points were scored for the successful completion of a number of tasks, with the winners determined by written submissions that detailed how the business could mitigate any risks and promote information security.

Second place went to the team from Edith Cowan University (WA) who will receive an iPad each, with third prize going to the team from Australian National University (ACT) who will each receive a Telstra 4G compatible phone.

The Challenge, Australia’s first national cyber security competition is co-ordinated by the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet in partnership with Telstra, Defence, The Attorney-General’s Department - CERT Australia and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy to promote the importance of cyber security and showcase information security as a potential career for ICT undergraduates.

Prizes will be presented to the winners at an award ceremony during National Cyber Security Awareness Week in early June 2012.