Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge 2019

We frequently hear the terms ‘Cyber 9/11’ and ‘Digital Pearl Harbor,’ but what might policymakers do the day after a crisis? The Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is an annual cyber policy competition for students across the globe to compete in developing national security policy recommendations tackling a fictional cyber incident.

In 2019, the 5th European Cyber 9/12 Strategic Challenge will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 25-26 April 2019. What is the challenge all about? The Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is a unique competition designed to provide students from a range of academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. Part interactive learning experience and part competitive scenario exercise, it challenges teams to respond to a realistic, evolving cyberattack and analyse the threat it poses to national, international, and private sector interests.

Students and professionals have a unique opportunity to interact with expert mentors and high-level cyber professionals while developing valuable skills in policy analysis and presentation. To date, the competition has engaged over one thousand students from several European countries, the United States and beyond.

Facing the Global Strategic Challenge In the European competition, hosted by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in partnership with the Atlantic Council, students respond to a major cyberattack on European critical infrastructure and services. Competitors provide recommendations balancing individual national approaches and a collective crisis management response, considering capabilities, policies, and governance structures of NATO, the EU, and individual nations. The competition fosters a culture of cooperation and a better understanding of these organisations and member states in responding to cyberattacks.