The European Cyber Security Challenge is an initiative of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). The aim of the ECSC is to develop excellent cyber security skills within Europe by, a.o.promoting national cyber security challenges, promoting and raising awareness of cyber security. The challenge is mainly based on hard cyber security skills, but also on cooperation and other softer skills. Typical assignments are individual and group capture the flag challenges and an attack defense tournament, while each team must also give a final presentation.
In 2019 the European Cyber Security Challenge was held in the Romanian capital Bucharest. The Netherlands, which participated for the first time in the ECSC, finished 16th out of the twenty participating countries.
In 2020 the European Cyber Security Challenge will take place from 3 to 7 November in the Austrian capital Vienna.