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.
Meet the Winners
Minerva Task Force
Royal Holloway, University of London
University of Oxford
Quantum of Policy
University of Bristol, Durham University, Keele University, University of South Wales
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