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.
The European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) is an annual cybersecurity event, which addresses
the skills gap in cybersecurity talent across Europe and increases the visibility of
cybersecurity in public strategies on a national and European level. In the competition,
young cybersecurity experts compete with each other by solving challenges, which require
technical skills such as pen-testing, as well as soft skills in order to deliver a presentation.
The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) supports the organisation of the
annual ECSC and its Steering Committee, which is made up of representatives from the
national cybersecurity challenges (e.g. universities) assigned by ENISA. The activities of the
ECSC are supervised by this Steering Committee, made out of representatives of the
attending countries which are assigned by ENISA.
For Greece, the role of Steering Committee member of the European Cyber Security
Challenge (ECSC) has been assigned from ENISA (Reference: ENISA-IN-2017-1484, Date:
02/03/2017), to the Secure Systems Laboratory of the Department of Digital Systems of the
University of Piraeus, represented by Prof. Christos Xenakis and Prof. Constantinos
The Greek Steering Committee members are in close cooperation with the Ministry Of
Digital Governance in Greece. The Greek National ECSC Team operates under the auspices of
the Greek Ministry of Digital Governance.