Dutch Team Emerge as World Champions for the Global CyperLympics Hacker Competition

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Global CyberLympics (http://www.cyberlympics.org), the world’s first international team ethical hacking championships, which kicked off in September 2011 with regional live competitions in Budapest, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and Miami, wrapped up today with the world finals in Chantilly, Virginia where the team formed by Deloitte Netherlands emerged as world champions. Team USA finished as runner up and team Hungary took the third place after a grueling contest.

Team hack.ers

Team hack.ers

The U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit estimates the annual loss of intellectual property and investment opportunities between $6 and $20 billion as a result of hacking.

The Global CyberLympics Ethical Hacking Competition, under the patronage of His Excellency, Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Secretary General of the International Telecomunication Union, successfully completed the world’s first ethical hacking competition today.

The world finals saw a head-to-head competition right from the beginning with teams from across the world including India, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands and the United States of America competing for the title. Each of these teams represents either the first or second place finisher from their regional competition.

Conceived by EC-Council, the Global CyberLympics is supported by the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations’ specialized agency – the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). This is a series of ethical hacking games comprised of both offensive and defensive security challenges.

“The Global CyberLympics could help to foster a greater sense of partnership and cooperation between countries on the issue of cybersecurity,” said Mohd Noor Amin, Chairman of IMPACT. “By sharing knowledge, training and resources, we can help to improve the level of cybersecurity in many countries and regions around the world.”
“We congratulate the team from Deloitte Netherlands! The competition was intense and the teams were truly the best in the world. The fact that the lead changed every few minutes shows how much it takes to capture the hill and stay on it.” said Sanjay Bavisi, Chairman of the Global CyberLympics Organizing Committee and president of EC-Council.

“The CyberLympics presents a unique set of challenges that puts competing teams through a real life environment which includes offensive hacking strategies but also deploying defensive capabilities to prevent being hacked. This approach makes the CyberLympics stand out from other cyber games elsewhere,” said Steven Raspe, captain of the Deloitte Netherlands team, named Hack.ers. “It is an honor to be among the first to participate in, and to win this championship.”

Said Tim Rosenberg Director of Cyber Exercise for iSight Partners, the Official Technology Partner of the Global CyberLympics 2011, “All of the teams competed honorably and did very well. From an observation perspective, we saw some very creative game play and the first half of the game day was critically volatile and every team was at some point in the lead. The standings were changing every few minutes, and this made it very interesting.”

The games come at a crucial time as global cyber threats appear to be escalating. The U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit estimates the annual loss of intellectual property and investment opportunities between $6 and $20 billion as a result of hacking. EC Council hopes that these kinds of competitions will lead to more awareness of the sophistication that modern day hackers possess and the need for a better informed and trained workforce to defend businesses’ intellectual property, financial assets, and reputations. Several high-profile hacks have made the news in recent years as businesses all over the world have scrambled to ensure their networks’ integrity.

Registration for the Global CyberLympics 2012 is open, and more details can be found at the official Global CyberLympics website: http://www.cyberlympics.org. For media and partnership enquiries, please contact: Dan Callahan, Program Director - Global CyberLympics
Organizing Committee: dan.callahan [at] cyberlympics.org.

ABOUT EC-COUNCIL: The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) (http://www.eccouncil.org) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce. It is the owner and developer of 20 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and Certified Security Analyst /Licensed Penetration Tester (ECSA/LPT). EC-Council has trained over 100,000 security professionals and certified more than 50,000 members.

EC-Council’s certification programs are offered by over 450 training centers across 87 countries. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, the Montgomery GI Bill, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted information security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More information about EC-Council is available at http://www.eccouncil.org.

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