The national finals of the student competition of the Czech Republic in cybersecurity organized by the Czech Cyber Security Working Group of AFCEA and many governmental institutions and academic and professional organizations took place online in May.
The finals were attended by 44 of the best students from 25 primary, secondary schools and universities, who competed in three age categories. Competitors made it to the finals by successfully completing two online elimination rounds, which were attended by more than 3,700 students from almost 200 schools from all over the Czech Republic.
The national finals were broadcast live from the studio. They were organized by the Czech Cyber Center with students from the Preslova Media House. During the nine-hour educational broadcast, six professional discussion panels, nine professional presentations, 13 interviews and other live and pre-recorded interviews took place. The recording of the broadcast is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYqSJhSqtkQ&list=PLO1ysiBn1s7Tj3QWyT7BPKhHO9n3HcjZe.
All finalists displayed excellent knowledge. The absolute winner and the winner of the high school category was Jan Kučera (SOŠ Březová), who scored 515 points. Adam Ivora (Masaryk University in Brno) won in the category of students over the age of 20, earning 501 points. Miss Anna Jungmannova (Doctrina Elementary School, Liberec) won the junior category of students under the age of 15, gaining 205 points.
The Summer School of Cyber Security will take place again in Brno. The 27 finalists will be invited to participate. The chapter is preparing the summer school program in cooperation with KYPO of Masaryk University in Brno, the University of Defense and other state, academic and nonprofit organizations. The summer school will include not only a program aimed at deepening students' knowledge but also at gaining new experience in teamwork. Students also will have the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with the partners of the competition, potential future employers.
In September 2021, the sixth year of the competition will begin. The competition continues to have three rounds. Its first "enlightenment" round will start online on September 10, 2021. The finals will be hosted by the Pilsen Region with the support of its innovation center SIT Port, which is operated by the Information Technology Administration of the City of Pilsen. The organizers are chosen based on previous experience. The chapter expects the participation of several thousand students from all over the Czech Republic. Get more information at www.kybersoutez.cz.