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 security talent class. 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 ECSC team is selected from this talent class on the basis of complementary skills and social fit. This team may represent the Netherlands from 3 to 7 November 2020 at the European Cyber Security Challenge in Vienna.
Dutch proficiency is required for participation in the talent class. Unfortunately, only talent class participants with Dutch nationality have a chance to be selected for the Dutch ECSC team.