About CTC

Challenge the Cyber ​​is a Capture The Flag competition for young Dutch cyber security talent. Cyber ​​security is of strategic importance for the Netherlands. With Challenge the Cyber ​​we want to tap into new and young cyber security talent, raise necessary cyber security skills (in line with the ENISA curriculum) to a higher level and inspire young people to pursue a career in cyber security.

Challenge the Cyber ​​started in 2019 as a competition between teams of Dutch cyber security educations. In 2020 the competition will be open to all 14 to 25-year-old cyber security talents. There is a junior competition for 14 to 20 year olds (year of birth 2000-2006) and a senior competition for 21 to 25 year olds (year of birth 1995-1999). During Challenge the Cyber, participants can qualify for the cyber bootcamp. This is a multi-day training, in which they work on hard and soft skills, team building and personal leadership. This way, a larger group of talents is given the opportunity to follow additional training and to build a network.

The Dutch national team is selected during the cyber bootcamp on the basis of complementary skills and social fit. Due to the global corona crisis, the European Cyber ​​Security Challenge (ECSC) in Vienna has unfortunately been canceled this year. Instead, we will organize various activities for the national team, possibly together with other European countries. Like some of the ECSC 2019 team members, interested participants have the opportunity to help organize Challenge the Cyber ​​2021 and the Cyberbootcamp.

Dutch proficiency is required for participation in the cyber bootcamp. Unfortunately, only cyber bootcamp participants with Dutch nationality have a chance to be selected for the Dutch national team.


Since the start in 2019, Challenge the Cyber is organized by the National Cyber Security Center and dcypher. Team members and coaches of the Dutch ECSC team 2019 help with the organisation of Challenge the Cyber 2020.

The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), which falls under the Ministry of Justice and Security, is the central information node and expertise center for cyber security in the Netherlands. The primary target group of the NCSC is central government and the vital infrastructure. The vital sectors are crucial for the proper functioning of Dutch society. The NCSC is internationally the Dutch point of contact in the field of IT threats and cyber security incidents. The NCSC is also a key figure in operational coordination in the event of a major IT crisis and the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the national government. See www.ncsc.nl

The Dutch Cyber Security Platform for Higher Education & Research is a platform that unites researchers, hackers, teachers, students, producers, users and policy makers in the Netherlands to improve knowledge and expertise on cyber security. dcypher provides the (bottom-up) agenda and coordination of scientific and practice-oriented cyber security research and higher education. See www.dcypher.nl

CISCO, KPN Security and Secura are sponsoring Challenge the Cyber 2020.