Important notice about dcypher

October 1, 2020

The dcypher platform no longer exists as of 1 October 2020. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the various departments have decided to set up a new platform, as a follow-up to dcypher. This website will no longer be maintained, but will remain accessible for the time being.


Successful Cyberbootcamp

July 21, 2020

Cyberbootcamp 2020 is done, we can look back on a successful first edition with a fantastic group of cyber security talents! The Cyberbootcamp could not have come at a more favorable time. After a long period of distance learning and social abstinence, 21 talents were able to intensively develop hard and soft skills for a week.


CTC 2020: coronaproof

June 28, 2020

In 2019 it was a sunny Saturday in September that the Dutch Innovation Factory in Zoetermeer filled up with young cyber security talent, this year everything is different. It is a gray Saturday afternoon in Amsterdam Southeast, where the organization has established its temporary headquarters. The young talent works from home.


ECSC 2020 cancelled

June 3, 2020

Today ENISA announced that the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) will not take place in Vienna this year. A disappointing but also realistic decision supported by  the ECSC steering committee. The official statement of the ECSC steering committee is:


Challenge the Cyber ​​online this year

April 24, 2020

After Prime Minister Rutte’s press conference last Tuesday (April 21), we decided that this year’s edition of Challenge the Cyber ​​will take place online. The date remains Saturday, June 27. Despite the physical distance, we will try to make it a fun and rewarding day.


Challenge the Cyber moved to June 27, 2020

March 24, 2020

Now that more and more events are being canceled or postponed due to the Coronavirus, we also receive questions about whether or not Challenge the Cyber will take place on May 30. Last week, we decided to move Challenge the Cyber to Saturday, June 27, 2020.


Registration for CTC2020 now open!

January 6, 2020

The national Capture the Flag competition Challenge the Cyber ​​takes place on Saturday 30 May 2020 at a central location in the Netherlands. There is room for a maximum of 200 participants. There is a competition for junior teams (birth year 2000-2006) and for senior teams (birth year 1995-1999).


About a challenge and a bicycle in the mailbox

October 16, 2019

The fifth edition of the European Cyber ​​Security Challenge took place from 9 to 11 October. This time Romania was the host country for 200 participants from 20 countries.


Hackers Fontys Hogeschool ICT selected for Dutch Team ECSC 2019

October 9, 2019

ICT students and teachers compete in the field of ethical hacking. For the first time in history, the Netherlands is represented at the European Security Challenge (ECSC) from 9 to 11 October 2019 in Romania, or the largest European competition for ethical hackers.


Presenting… the Dutch team (2)

September 27, 2019

With less than two weeks left before take-off to Bucharest, the first (and only) meeting of the Dutch ECSC team was mainly about getting to know each other. The afternoon took place on familiar ground: the Dutch Innovation Factory in Zoetermeer.


Presenting… the Dutch team

September 12, 2019

It was a bit of a puzzle after Challenge the Cyber, but we have a team! In accordance with the European Cyber Security Challenge rules, our team consists of five seniors (born between 1994 and 1998) and five juniors (born after 1998). The seniors come from the winning team "High Tech Hacking Touch" of the University of Twente.


CTC 2019: Hack yourself to Mars

September 7, 2019

During the first edition of the Capture the Flag event ‘Challenge the Cyber’, organized by dcypher and the NCSC, 13 teams of around 100 students from different educational levels and inst


Challenge the Cyber, Capture the Flag

September 2, 2019

On Saturday 7 September the first edition of the Capture the Flag or CTF event "Challenge the Cyber" will take place at the Dutch Innovation Factory in Zoetermeer.


NCS3 2019 CSR Challenge winning team announced

August 23, 2019

During the National Cyber Security Summer School (NCS3) week that ended today, cybersecurity experts from public, private and academic institutions shared their knowledge from different disciplinary angles.


Fourth edition of the National Cyber Security Summer School (NCS3) started

August 19, 2019

The National Cyber Security Summer School (NCS3) introduces students to the world of cyber security. About 60 students from higher education started at the fourth edition of the NCS3 today in The Hague. The NCS3 is an initiative of the Dutch Cyber Security Counsil and is organised by dcypher.


Executive School on Post-Quantum Cryptography 2019, July 1-2

June 13, 2019

The Eindhoven Institute for the Protection of Systems and Information (Ei/PSI) at the Eindhoven University of Technology organizes a two-day executive school to give a crash course on post-quantum cryptography.


Will you be Europe’s best cybersecurity talent?

June 7, 2019

European countries have started or are preparing to kick off their national cybersecurity competitions. The winners of the national contests will represent their countries in the ultimate cybersecurity competition on the continent: the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) 2019. 


World is heading for a huge shortage of cyber security specialists

May 16, 2019

Cyber security is crucial for a digital society. However, the world is heading for an enormous shortage of specialists in this field. The expectation is that by 2021 there will be around 3.5 million cyber security jobs worldwide for which no people can be found.


Apply now for the NCS3 2019

March 4, 2019

The NCS3 aims to attract students who are interested in the field of Cyber Security and would like to be introduced to both the technical and non-technical aspects. No prior knowledge of Cyber Security is required to participate in this summer school.