CyberLympicsGlobal CyberLympics Games agreement announced

Published 25 April 2012

Organizations announce 2-year agreement to conduct the CyberLympics Games, a series of global cyber games held on six continents and aiming to raise awareness of information security and unifying global cyber defense

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) Foundation and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) have announced a 2-year teaming agreement for the CyberLympics, a series of global cyber games created by the EC-Council.

The two organizations say that the mission of the CyberLympics is to unify global cyber defense while raising awareness toward increased education and ethics in information security. SAIC says that the timing of the games could not be more critical, as global cyber threats are escalating, leaving organizations vulnerable to disastrous security breaches. According to the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, hacking results in an annual loss of $6 to $20 billion in intellectual property and investment opportunities.

CyberLympics has been endorsed by the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), which is the cyber security executing arm of the UN specialized agency, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure, the secretary general of the ITU, has officially been appointed as the Patron of the Global CyberLympics. With that appointment, Toure became the Chair of the Global CyberLympics Advisory Council (GCAC).

The CyberLympics will include cyber defense, offense, and a forensics challenge. The initial qualification rounds of these games will be conducted via the Internet, testing the skills of hundreds of contestants from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. The finals will be held in person in the United States in October of 2012.

The competitions will be powered by SAIC’s CyberNEXS, a live, realistic game environment which has been used for more than 150 training and competition events around the world, helping users to develop the skills to recognize and defend against cyber attacks.

The CyberLympics World Finals is scheduled on the 29 -31 October 2012 at the Hacker Halted Conference in Miami. For more information about CyberLympics or to register, visit the CyberLympics Web site.