NESA to host UAE Cyber Quest 2016
Competition seeks to encourage students in cybersecurity field
The UAE National Electronic Security Authority (NESA) will host the third annual Cyber Quest Competition at the start of May.
The competition is an interactive education-based contests for students aged 12-18 years, to encourage young people in the field of cyber security. The contest takes place from 1 -3 May 2016.
NESA said that the contest in intended to enrich and enhance students' perception of cyber security, inspire their participation in computer science and help raise awareness of cyber security threats. The competition also seeks to identify young Emirati technology talent and to develop leaders for a knowledge economy.
The UAE Cyber Quest began with a roadshow during the first semester of the academic year and 512 students were trained on subjects related to cyber security. Then, the training round kicked off during the students' winter break with the aim of introducing them to the various aspects of cyber security. NESA then selected a number of outstanding students to join the online challenges round which includes different stages and levels of difficulty. After passing the second round phase, the 60 top students were nominated to enter the dry run, which will be held for two days in the last week of April. During this time, students receive the necessary training and skills to be able to participate in the final contest in May.
This year NESA has improved and expanded the education and training skills provided for students through organizing more than twelve practical training activities on the sidelines of the main competition.
These activities were carefully designed taking into consideration the huge developments taking place in the global cyber security industry. The competition agenda includes various training activities related to fighting automobile cyber-attacks, online treasure hunts, devices counterfeit detection, computing circuits, mathematics and cryptography, forensics, programming, wireless communication, and social engineering.
During Days Two and Three of the UAE Cyber Quest final competition, NESA will conduct three trial competitions on each day for the visiting students. These activities are designed to offer the young guests an opportunity to experience the challenge experienced at the competition for a period of 30 minutes. Through these activities, NESA aims to encourage visiting children to participate in next year's edition of the UAE's Cyber Quest.