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First Ever Cyber Security Rumble Germany Opens for Registration

Winning team to receive security training from the SANS Institute and trip to DefCon

  • Munich
  • 13 February 2019

Students from all over Germany can now register for the first Cyber Security Rumble Germany. To be in with a chance of winning, they must first take part in an online challenge on the 13 and 14 March 2019. If successful, they will qualify for the finals which will take place on the 29 and 30 March at the University of Bonn in the new computer science lecture hall at the Poppelsdorf Campus.

The finals will see twelve teams of up to four people competing to win industry leading security training from the SANS Institute, as well as a trip to the Def Con 27 hacker conference in Las Vegas. Other awards include tickets to the Hack-in-the-Box Security Conference in Dubai. The challenges will embrace different areas of security, from cryptography to network security, web and mobile security, to wireless security and forensics. The complexity of the challenges covers a wide range, meaning students from every level can take part.

Cyber Security Rumble Germany is organised by cyber security experts NVISO and a team led by computer science professor, Dr. Matthew Smith from the University of Bonn. The event in being run in co-operation with the SANS Institute. NVISO has run a similar successful event, Cyber Security Challenge Belgium, for the past five years in Belgium.

"We are now trying to set up a similar showdown for the best students in the field of cyber security in Germany and, if possible, to top our friends in Belgium!" says Professor Smith, University of Bonn.

In Germany, in common with the rest of the world, cyber security has become a strategic priority for all organisations and the task of training and hiring young cyber security talent has become critical. The goal of both events is therefore to raise awareness and interest in cyber security as a career among students who are close to entering the workplace, in order to help close the cyber security skills gap in those countries. Anyone who is enrolled in a university or school of applied sciences in Germany and who enjoys having a go at cyber security can take part. To find out more information and to register, go to:

“SANS is very proud to be part of Cyber Security Rumble. Initiatives such as these are vital to help uncover the much-needed new talent that is so important to the future of the German cyber security industry. With the worldwide cyber security skills gap continuing to grow, it is critical that both industry, government and educational institutions come together to increase awareness of cyber security as a rewarding career, and to educate and inspire young people to take their first steps into cyber security.” says Herbert Abben, Director for the DACH region at the SANS Institute.

The Cyber Security Rumble is an initiative of NVISO and the University of Bonn in collaboration with the SANS Institute. The competition is supported by main sponsors BMW, BNP Paribas and DB Systel in cooperation with Deutsche Bahn, EY and Grohe. The sponsors are eager and excited to raise cyber security awareness and help educate the next generation of security experts.


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