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Registrations now open until 15 March


Since the last Cyber Security Challenge in 2015, the Australian Government has launched its Cyber Security Strategy. The strategy has a major focus on strong cyber defences along with growth and innovation in the sector.

In order to better align the Challenge with some of the initiatives in the Strategy, the next Cyber Security Challenge Australia will be held from midday 10 May 2017 through to midday 11 May 2017. The 2017 Challenge is planned to be better than ever.

Registration is open from now until 15 March.

The team registration form can be found here

Details of the Challenge’s logistics for registered teams will be provided close to the event in May.

Topping previous years’ effort, a great range of great prizes will be on offer again in 2017. The full prize pool is yet to be confirmed but it will include a team trip to DEFCON 2017, one of the world’s largest cyber ‘white hat’ hacking conventions held every year in Las Vegas. Also, for the first time there will be a specific prize for the top performing team of first year students which will be a trip to RUXCON 2017.

For any questions about registration or other administrative questions please feel free to contact the team at

The Challenge

What is CySCA?

CySCA is a ‘hacking’ competition run by an alliance of Australian Government, business and academic professionals who are committed to finding the next generation of Australian cyber security talent – including you!

Starting in 2012, CySCA will show you what it’s like to work in cyber security and will get your name in front of some of Australia’s most dynamic employers.

CySCA is Australia’s only national cyber security competition. It runs over 24-hours and will test both your technical skills and communication know-how. It’s not easy, but it’s heaps of fun, and the opportunities you get from participating are fantastic.

Think you’re up for the Challenge?

Rules and eligibility

Rules and eligibility

CySCA is open to full-time Australian university undergraduates and undergraduate-equivalent TAFE students based in Australia. Each team may contain up to four students.

All teams must be registered by a university/TAFE staff/faculty academic representative.

  • Individual applications will not be considered.
  • Registration does not guarantee entry into the event.

You will not be able to participate in the Cyber Security Challenge:

  • if you do not consent to CySCA organisers using or disclosing your information for any of the purposes identified in the Privacy Statement which can be found here or as a pdf here
  • unless the personal information required for registration is given.

Full Terms and conditions can be found here or as a pdf here


A few pointers to get you ready!

2013 Cyber Challenge

Results & Solution

2014 Cyber Challenge

Results, In-A-Box, Solution & Roadshow

2015 Cyber Challenge

Results & Solution

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