The bad guys are organised, so we have to be too

"The UK is one of the world's leading digital nations. Much of our prosperity now depends on our ability to secure our technology, data and networks from the many threats we face. Yet cyber attacks are growing more frequent, sophisticated and damaging when they succeed. So we are taking decisive action to protect both our economy and the privacy of UK citizens..."

- The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer

This year the University of Cambridge is organising and hosting two high-profile cyber security competitions – Inter-ACE 2017 and Cambridge2Cambridge 2017 - to identify, gather together and up-skill the next generation of cyber defenders studying at the best universities across the UK and US. The skills shortage in cybersecurity is widely recognized, and these events are a strategic initiative to address this gap by raising a new generation of skilled cyber defenders.

The Inter-ACE Cyber Challenge 2017, a qualifying round for the Cambridge2Cambridge 2017 international competition, was held on 18th March this year. We would like to congratulate the winners who took the first three places on the score board:

Place Team Flags Points
1st QWERTY (Imperial College London) - Luke Granger-Brown, Jaime Rodriguez, and Madalina Sas 16 48,932
2nd SU-Don't (University of Southampton) - Tom Charter, Kajusz Dykiel, Laurie Kirkcaldy, and Io Swift Wolf 7 27,787
3rd PM_ME_FLAGS (University of Southampton) - Josh Curry, James Prance, Izzy Whistlecroft, and David Young 1 18,815



The C2C is an international cyber security competition, jointly organized by the University of Cambridge (UK) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US). Now in its second year, up to 160 keen students from the most prestigious cyber security universities across the two countries will receive dedicated training and practice in cyber security throughout the academic year and will compete in intense hacking challenges on a dedicated cyber-range, initially online and then face-to-face in mixed teams. The three-day programme of live challenges and social activities will be hosted at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory and Trinity College (respectively) between 24th - 26th July.