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CyberTaipan 2021

The Youth Cyber Defence Challenge

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  • πŸ‘₯ Open To: High School Students

  • πŸ’» Format: Online

  • 🌏 Region: Australia

  • πŸ’΅ Cost: Free

  • πŸ’° Prize: TBA

What is CyberTaipan?

CyberTaipan is an Australian Youth Cyber Defence Competition for teams of high school aged students. Take your first step into cyber security, try new challenges and gain experience in defensive techniques

Each team competes in a series of online competition rounds by fixing vulnerabilities, hardening systems, and performing other tasks related to networking, cyber defence and cyber security.

Teams compete for a six consecutive-hour period within the Friday to Sunday times and dates designated for each of the two rounds. This period begins when the team’s first virtual machine image is opened. Teams should not compete outside of competition windows, as the scoring server is unavailable to receive team scores.

The ten highest scoring teams, totalled across the two scored online rounds, will be invited to compete in the live National Final – a virtual event held at the beginning of Term 4, 2021.

In Summary

  • Teams are comprised of two to five high school-aged students, with an optional reserve competitor.
  • Each team must include a responsible adult (a CyberTaipan team coach) as the primary contact between the CyberTaipan Program Office and the participants.
  • Coaches may choose to work with a technical mentor and/or team assistant (see below for further details).
  • All coaches, mentors, team assistants, and 18 year old students must successfully complete a Working with Vulnerable People Check (or relevant state equivalent) and an Australian Federal Police Check before being allowed to participate in CyberTaipan.
  • Students are prohibited from participating in CyberTaipan if they have participated in CyberPatriot or in CyberPatriot-affiliated competitions around the world.
  • Due to COVID-19 disruptions, the competition fee has been waived for the 2020 and 2021 competitions.