The 2017 Cyber Security Challenge prize-giving has wrapped up with one lucky team (UNSW team 1) heading off to Las Vegas for the globally renowned DEF CON conference.

The Cyber Security Challenge is a 24-hr ‘hacking’ competition where 310 students from 26 university and TAFE students used their offensive and defensive hacking skills to break into a digital system. The theme for this year’s challenge was the Internet of Things (IoT) where virtualised devices were used to access and override sensitive information.

The challenge was designed to see if the students can do what a hacker would do, by identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities inside a digital system.

The Challenge was run by the Australian Government and supported by Telstra, other companies and industry bodies.

We’ve written about the cyber security risks with IoT devices before and continue to take cyber security incredibly seriously for both our customers and our wider business.

Cyber Security Challenge Australia

Find out more about Cyber Security Challenge Australia and encourage interested students from anywhere in Australia, particularly women and first year students, to form teams and get involved in 2018. For more information, contact cyberchallenge@pmc.gov.au