European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC)

The European Cyber Security Challenge is an annual competition that brings together young talents from over 20 different (mostly) European countries. This is a unique chance to connect yourself with like-minded security enthusiasts across the whole of Europa and participate in a big onsite event.
Switzerland was among the first three countries when ECSC was still called the Alpen Cup. Since then, ECSC has grown enormously, and today 22 countries participate: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and last but definitely not least Switzerland.

ECSC 2022 is in Vienna, Austria from September 13th to 16th 2022.

A few facts about ECSC:

  • Each year a different country hosts the challenge. In 2022, it's in Vienna, Austria. Afterwards, Norway will host it in 2023.
  • SHC covers the travel costs (from Zurich HB) and expenses.
  • The competition usually includes Jeopardy challenges from the usual categories: web security, mobile security, crypto, reverse engineering, forensics, and some pwn.
  • In Austria, one day will be Attack/Defense, the other Jeopardy
  • Apart from the competition, we usually have a great time with everyone on various social activities (check out the gallery)

International Cybersecurity Challenge (ICC)

The International Cybersecurity Challenge is a new global competition that happens in Athens for the first time in Summer 2022. Teams from over 64 countries participate in region-based groups, including Canada, the US, Latin America, Brasil, South East Asia, Southern Africa, Northern Africa, Oceania, and Europe. ICC aims to raise IT security awareness, support young talents, and extend the success of ECSC to an international level.

ICC works as follows:

  • Two people* from the Swiss ECSC team can compete for a spot in Team Europe.
  • Categories include web application, system exploitation, cryptography, reverse engineering, hardware challenges, and attack/defence.
  • ENISA expects ICC to become one of the key incubators of cybersecurity entrepreneurship and future top security experts globally.
  • The selection process and training for Team Europe include multiple events across Europe.
*To promote diversity, three people can be sent if there is at least one female participant.