European Cyber Security Challenge

Today, most countries lack sufficient IT security professionals to protect their IT infrastructure. The European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) is aimed at identifying new talent - by having national teams compete in a Cyber Security Challenge!

The European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC), organised by ENISA, leverages these competitions in that it adds a pan-European layer to them: The top cyber talents from each country meet to network and collaborate and finally compete against each other to determine which country has the best cyber talents. To find out which country's team is the best, contestants have to solve security related tasks from domains such as web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering and forensics and collect points for solving them.

This is the official page of the Hellenic Cyber Security team. The team that will compete in the 2017 ECSC challenge grand finals will be assembled after a qualification round, on June 3-4, which will determine the top 10 cyber security talents in Greece. The team will compete in the Challenge 2017 finals, held between 30-October/3-November 2017 in Malaga, Spain.

The Hellenic team and participation to the Challenge will be organised by the Department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus.

To participate in the qualifying round to form the 2017 Hellenic Cyber Security team, contact us for more info up until 29 May 2017.

This Hellenic team for the 2017 Challenge has been formed and comprises of 10 members, which will be trained by Greunion in order to participate to the ECSC grand final.

  • Pavlos Kolios (Team leader)
  • Giorgos David Tsekalas
  • Anastasios Tsimpoukis
  • Petros Lazaros Karolos Mantos
  • Lefteris Touloumtzidis
  • Giannis Zaxarioudakis
  • Marios Gyftos
  • Efstratios Kaplanelis
  • Nikos Kamarinakis
  • Fanis Dimakis
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The focus of the Challenge is to identify new talent, so only InfoSec hobbyists and students are eligible to participate. Participants need to reside in the country they represent and their age should be between 14-25.

Both the Qualifying Round and Final Round include a number of security-related challenges. These include web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering and forensics. Participants who solve them are awarded points and the individuals (or teams) with the highest number of points win. The Hellenic team's expenses in Spain will be covered by the organisers and sponsors.


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Competition details

This is an annual event, comprised of two seperate rounds: A qualifying round and a finals round.

The qualifying round is run locally in each participating country, and is an open call to cyber security talents. The object of the qualifier is to assemble the team that competes in the finals, by running a set of challenges similar to the finals round. The top contestants in the qualifier form the national team each year.

All the national teams then compete in the final round of the Challenge, in a one-day event that determines the country with the top cyber security talent each year. The 2017 ECSC challenge has been covered by local and international media

The 2016 ECSC Challenge was a prestigious event and was covered by local and international media alike.

The European Cyber Security Challenge 2017 Final Round will be held in Malaga, Spain, between 30 October and 3 November.

Find out more information at the official Challenge website.

The Qualifying Round will be held on June 3-4 2017. The contestants will be able to participate from their private premises via an Internet connection. Each participant will be called upon to solve security related challenges, gaining points for every completed task. The top 10 finalists with the highest score will form the Hellenic Cyber Security Team.

The Hellenic team will travel to Malaga, Spain, at the end of October 2017 to rival other national teams in the Grand Final. Until then, the team will be trained to ensure its readiness to compete against the top European cyber security talents.

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