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Artificial Intelligence on the attack
Never mind zombies, pirates or evil bounty hunters...
Malicious A(pe)I are running amok and we desperately need your help to fight our primate overlords.

We can only sustain a small army of 150 elite security soldiers for 2 days, so Round 0, available from 12 - 26 June, will identify the best fighters to be extensively trained on the 14 July. The chosen ones will also get to listen to the old war stories and learn from the best generals of our brigade.

The actual fight against the A(pe)I starts on the 15 July.

For our plan of attack, check out our website.

Are you ready?

Read more about the challenge

Half the fighting power this year for twins

Aspiring security experts Nathan and Adam Starkey were the youngest competitors in the 2015 Cyber Security Challenge at 12-years-old and they already had three years coding under their belts.
This year it will be Nathan single-handedly battling the

A(pe)I as Adam takes a break from competing.
Nathan is quick to point out that the term ‘hacker’ is often defined by the media as someone who tries to break into computer systems but in reality, hackers are legitimately solving complex programming issues for businesses and government agencies around the world.
Read more about taking on the Challenge

Register for the Challenge here
CSC Guest of Honour confirmed

Crow is happy to confirm that the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) director Andrew Hampton with be this year's guest of honour at the New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge.

The GCSB is on the hunt for NZ cyber security talent - visit the NZ Intelligence Community website for more information on jobs for graduates.
Become a Challenge Sponsor

CROW is at the forefront of research putting NZ on the cyber security map. Be part of a growing industry worth US$120billion worldwide that is changing how individuals around the world will safeguard their digital world.
The Cyber Security Challenge is one of the ways CROW promotes cyber security as a career to interested students and professionals already working in the IT arena.
You can help by providing sponsorship for the event.  We need help with catering, prizes, travel and more.  There is a link on our website to acknowledge all our valued sponsors.

Contact Meena at or 07 837 9404.

Challenge Travel Grants
Find out if you qualify for a Challenge travel grant. The top 150 qualifiers are eligible to apply for $200 travel vouchers . The grant will be in the form of a reimbursement after the competition.
Check out behind the scenes of last year's Challenge.

Cyber Security Challenge opens doorways to cybercrime fighting careers. Visit SunLive for more Challenge news.

The workforce gender gap is expected to reach close to 2 million by 2022. Read SecurityBrief NZ for more.

Politically motivated cyber crime is emerging at the forefront of the threat landscape. Find out more
Save the date

May the fourth is revered by Star Wars fans worldwide and it's also World Password Day. Check out the website to find out how you can Force your way into improving your password habits.

Privacy Week is May 8-12, use the opportunity to start a conversation in your organisation – is information stored in a transparent way?  Do you have your customers/clients/staff trust with their private data?. Visit the Privacy Commission website to view the programme.

Global cyber security experts in the Waikato

Waikato University has just hosted close to 300 global cyber security experts from more than 50 countries and 100 liaison organisations at the 28th International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 plenary and working group meetings, hosted by the Cloud Security Alliance on behalf of Standards New Zealand. CROW head Ryan Ko says it is a huge honour for the university and New Zealand.
"If you use a computer system, mobile device, or make electronic payments, you will surely have come across cyber security best practices guided by ISO SC27 standards. It is a great opportunity for CROW to be a part of this elite group of policy makers, and for the experts to learn about Kiwi innovation, STRATUS, and CROW. We have also achieved a great historical milestone with STRATUS, being the first MBIE funded project to be approved by SC27 to be a Category A liaison organisation to ISO. This means that STRATUS will serve as a liaison organisation alongside the likes of INTERPOL, IEEE, and several EU funded scientific projects."
CROW welcomes the launch of CERT NZ

The government's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT NZ) recently opened it's doors as a one-stop shop for individuals, government agencies and businesses to find information on how to deal with cyber-security issues.  CROW is pleased to be one of the official partners.
Check out the CERT NZ website
Visit the NZHerald for more on the story.
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