Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Seeking the next generation of cyber defenders

17 June 2014

The Australian Government today announced the launch of Cyber Security Challenge Australia 2014, teaming up with Telstra, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Microsoft.

Cyber Challenge 2014 will test Australia's best cyber-skilled undergraduates via a 24 hour virtual computer network scenario.

The Annual Cyber Challenge is eagerly awaited by government, universities and businesses interested in promoting the value of an ICT security qualification.

The Cyber Challenge is just one way that the Government is commited to building Australia’s secure online environment, and in training students for the growing need for ICT professionals.

First prize is a trip to the Black Hat 2014 conference in Las Vegas, USA—the worldwide, premier technical information security forum.

Cyber Challenge 2014 will be held from 7–8 May 2014 at participating universities across Australia.

Undergraduate teams can register their interest through their university from early‑February, with information sessions being held at selected universities during March. Registrations close on 1 April 2014.

For more information visit or follow on Twitter @CySCA2014Game

Contact:, (02) 6271 1777

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