2021

COVID-19

Upon the outbreak of coronavirus worldwide, both the threat environment and targets of choice in cyber security migrated to the concerns of the pandemic. With criminal actors seeking to exploit vulnerabilities in healthcare services worldwide, concerns were raised about the security of critical hospital capabilities from cyber attack. In addition, geopolitically the race was on to be the first to market with a working vaccine, making research in this space the world’s number one cyber espionage target.

The 2021 scenario positioned student teams to respond to a live cyber incident against a major NHS Trust during the height of the pandemic response, as well as deal with credible threats to the integrity of Intellectual Property on vaccine research.

person in blue gloves and blue denim jeans
person in blue gloves and blue denim jeans

Meet the Winners

First

Minerva Task Force

Royal Holloway, University of London

Team from Royal Holloway at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Team from Royal Holloway at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Second

Cyberchase

University of Oxford

Team from the University of Oxford at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Team from the University of Oxford at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Third

Quantum of Policy

University of Bristol, Durham University, Keele University, University of South Wales

Team from multiple universities at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Team from multiple universities at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

Prize Winners

Most Engaged Award: Quantum of Policy. University of Bristol, Durham University, Keele University, University of South Wales

Best Written Brief: Four Kingsmen. King's College London

Best Oral Brief: Cyberchase. University of Oxford

Best Decision Document: Crackchester. University of Manchester

Best Teamwork: Cyber Boolean. University of Southampton

Most Creative Policy Response: Minerva Task Force. Royal Holloway, University of London

Gallery

Drinks reception at the BT Tower for the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Drinks reception at the BT Tower for the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Virtual team from Queen's University Belfast for the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Virtual team from Queen's University Belfast for the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Celebration evening at the top of the BT Tower, London, for the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Celebration evening at the top of the BT Tower, London, for the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Kate Wendelboe, BT, speaking at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Kate Wendelboe, BT, speaking at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Virtual team at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Virtual team at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Virtual UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Virtual UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Winners of the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Winners of the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Royal Holloway at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Royal Holloway at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Swag bag at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Swag bag at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Kate Wendelboe talk at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Kate Wendelboe talk at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Winners of the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Winners of the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Pete Cooper, speaking at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Pete Cooper, speaking at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Night views from the BT Tower
Night views from the BT Tower
Cybersecurity book
Cybersecurity book
Royal Holloway at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Royal Holloway at the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
BT Tower, set up for the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
BT Tower, set up for the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge