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 Lambrinoudakis.

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.

To see the ECSC 2017 Hellenic team, please click here.

To see the ECSC 2018 Hellenic team, please click here.

This Hellenic team for the 2020 Challenge has been formed and comprises of 18 members in total.

  • Christos Xenakis (Team Leader)
  • Petros Lazaros Karolos Mantos (Coach)
  • Efstathios Boukikas (Coach)
  • Pavlos Kolios (Coach)
  • Thomas Toumpoulis (Coach)
  • Konstantinos Vavousis (Coordinator)
  • Haris Pylarinos (Coordinator)
  • Stella Tsitsoula (Communications Manager)
  • Dimos Poupos (Challenger)
  • Efstratios Kaplanellis (Challenger)
  • Georgios Karantzas (Challenger)
  • Konstantinos Spyridon Mokos (Challenger)
  • Michalis Tsapralis (Challenger)
  • Nikolaos Mourousias (Challenger)
  • Nikolaos Angelos Bantaliants (Challenger)
  • Panagiotis Lappas (Challenger)
  • Panagiotis Bellonias (Challenger)
  • Thomas Rogdakis (Challenger)
  • John Polley (Challenger)

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 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 2020 ECSC Challenge is covered by local and international media alike.

The Qualifying Round was held in order to build this year's national ECSC 2020 team.

Information about the final round will soon be announced.

The Qualifying Round was held on April 25-26 2020 in order to build this year's national ECSC 2020 team. The team will be composed again by people from the age of 14 to the age of 25. If you know someone that may be interested in participating, you can refer him/her here:

The contestants can practice for the qualifiers, regardless of their level of expertiser, at