AUN set to host Global Cyberlympics 2013

Posted: October 24, 2012 in general

President of the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), Mr. Sanjay Bayisi, has invited the American University of Nigeria (AUN) to host next year’s Global Cyberlympics Ethical Hacking Competition, an international Cyber security challenge.

The occasion of the announcement was at the Cyber Security World Conference recently held at the Nigerian Military Headquarters in Abuja.

The Global Cyberlympics is a non-profit initiative organized by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) Foundation. Its goal is to raise awareness towards increased education and ethics in information security through cyber competitions that encompass forensics, ethical hacking and defense with the objective of fostering child online protection through education. The mission statement of the competition is “Unifying Global Cyber Defense through the Games.”

The EC-Council Foundation is dedicated to educating and training individuals in security skills. It was established in 2012 by the founders of the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants to raise awareness, build capacity across nations, and promote global peace, while ensuring that the global community becomes more aware of the immediate need to protect children online.

Two supporters of the competitions are the International Multilateral Partnership against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – the cyber security arm of the United Nations.  According to Moh’d Noor Amin (President of IMPACT), the competition “could help to foster a greater sense of partnership and cooperation between countries on the issue of cyber security.”

A statement by the Dean of AUN’s School of Information Technology and Computing, Dr. Mathias Fonkam, said that the invitation was made to AUN in recognition of its “pool of resources and excellent infra-structure in Information Technology and Computing.”

This year’s competition will take place in Miami, Florida, the United States (from October 25 to 31).

Last year’s competition was in Virginia, also in United States, where the Dutch team emerged champions with Team USA and Hungary finishing as first and second runners-up.

The captain of the Deloitte, Netherlands, team, Mr. Steven Raspe, described the difference of Cyberlympics from other cyber games in its approach. “Cyberlympics presents a unique set of challenges that puts teams in real life situations like how to deal with offensive hacking strategies and deploying defensive capabilities to prevent being hacked.”

The competition usually features some of the greatest minds in information security.  Dr. Fonkam has initiated a series of intensive Ruby programming workshops that will be held on Saturdays in room B09 from 9 am to 12 noon. SITC students, especially those studying computer science and software engineering, are encouraged to attend the training.

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