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Challenge Winners Repeat Performance
It was a repeat performance by the overall champions team Arcton, Nathaniel Watson, Jeremy Symon and Grady Hooker took out last year's Challenge. Representing industry, they walked away with a cheque for $2500 and NetHui fellowships. Jeremy is currently doing a Masters of Computer Science at Waikato and working at Gallagher, and Grady and Nathaniel are former Waikato Computer Science students now working in the computer science industry.
From left INTERPOL Mr Toshinobu Yasuhira presents the winning cheque to Arcton members Jeremy Symon, Grady Hooker and Nathanial Watson.
Overall runners-up 418ShortAndStout - Michael Robertson and Brent Vollebregt - placed top in the tertiary division and took home $1800. Competing solo last year, Michael was the top performer in the high school division and was overall runner-up in 2016. He is currently in Year 1 Software engineering at University of Waikato.

Michael Robertson and Brent Vollebregt receive their winning cheque from Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Senior Technical Researcher Koei Suzuki..
Top performers in the high school division after Rounds 1 and 2, SQL Sharks twins Sam and Josh Hogan also took out first place in the new Policy Round. Designed to challenge the participants to think beyond the technical challenges and consider bigger-picture cyber security considerations within and across organisations. Contestants were tested on responsible disclosures, asked to critique a really badly-written cyber policy, and suggest incident response next steps for a fictitious event. 
INTERPOL Mr Toshinobu Yasuhira with Sam and Josh Hogan.
The winning team from the industry division after Rounds 1 and 2 were JD^2 pictured from left Jack Haystead, Daniel Tebbutt and Declan ter Veer-Burke receiving their prize from Endace representative Robert Cotter. They took home a cheque for $1800.

More photos from the Challenge
VIPs scout Challenge
NZCSC'17 hit all the right keys this year with VIPs from the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and INTERPOL attending.
GCSB director Andrew Hampton told the Challengers it wasn't long ago that people were saying cyber security should be on the agenda but now the agenda is cyber security. In an interview with TV One News  INTERPOL Cybercrime Directorate Silvino Schlickmann Jnr said employment opportunities reached far beyond government agencies with private companies on the lookout for cyber security experts.
There was also a lot of interest shown by Challenge sponsors with representatives from Endace, Datacom, and Gallagher checking out the event.
Visualisation Collaboration

In this year's Challenge CROW collaborated with Japan's National Institute of Communications and Information Technology (NICT) to up the ante in the visualisation of the attack and defend networks of the competition. CROW member Cameron Brown worked with Koei Suzuki to customise the NIRVANA Kai visualisation to show network traffic between the Round 3 servers. The collaboration is mutually beneficial as NICT will utilise CROW technology in the future.  NICT supply the visualisations for Japan's largest cyber security competition SECCON.  Koei Suzuki attended this year's Challenge.
Nanyang Polytechnic Interns
The latest round of interns from Nanyang Technological Polytechnic, Singapore join the CROW lab. Here for a three-month internship they arrived in New Zealand in May. Yip Jia Cheng and Li Yuan Xin see working with CROW as a great opportunity to gain some work as well as overseas experience.

Learn more about the interns here.
Mahidol University interns  
From Thailand, Mahidol University, interns Pamanut Chantaraaumporn (left) and Pasit Chaisri aka Moowan are in New Zealand to soak up the sights, culture and cyber security research.
They arrived in June and are working with CROW for a few more months. The Mahidol internship is a first for CROW.

Learn more about the interns here
NZ Institute for Security and Crime Science
The Institute leverages on the University's partnership with NZ Police, and several domestic and international agencies including INTERPOL. We work on research reducing crime and increasing security through a multi-disciplinary and evidence-based approach. Our research will leverage on the expertise of our world-leading researchers in psychology, statistics, artificial intelligence including machine learning, cyber security, political science, economics, management, law, education, Maori and indigenous development, and demographic research. The NZISCS also leads a comprehensive cross-faculty graduate research programme, including the Master of Security and Crime Science - the-first-of-its-kind in New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.
Thanks to our Sponsors
Our sponsors mean a lot to us and we know they are great supporters of up-and-coming cyber security talent. Click on the logos to check out some of the career paths offered by our Cyber Security Challenge sponsors.

Challenge News

The Cyber Security Challenge 2017 made TV One news. Check it out here. 

During the Challenge, GCSB’s Andrew Hampton announced a new $10,000 scholarship for women enrolling in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Find out more here.

CROW head Ryan Ko is speaking at the upcoming TEDxRuakura 2017: Beyond, August 20. Find out more here.
Other News

Are major attacks like WannaCry and NotPetya  causing consumers to lose faith in the brands and services they use? Read the Information Age article.
The securities services industry needs to be on top of cyber security otherwise it could face severe consequences. Check out the Euromoney article here.
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