Global CyberLympics (http://cyberlympics.org), the international team ethical hacking championships, held its first Middle East and India championships in Dubai, at GITEX. Teams from UAE, Jordan and India qualified for the regional championships that included for the very first time, two all-female teams. At the end of 3 days of intense competition, team Ctrl+Alt+Del from Deloitte Hyderabad India emerged as regional champions.
Dubai, UAE October 14, 2011
The Global CyberLympics, endorsed by the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations, held its first Middle East and India regional championships at GITEX in Dubai, UAE.
Conceived by EC-Council, the Global CyberLympics is supported by the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations’ specialized agency – the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and endorsed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE. This is a series of ethical hacking games comprised of both offensive and defensive security challenges. Teams will vie for the regional championships, followed by a world finals round to determine the world’s best ethical hacking team. EC-Council is sponsoring over $400,000 worth of prizes at the CyberLympics.
The games come at a crucial time as global cyber threats appear to be escalating. According to the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, the annual loss of intellectual property and investment opportunities is $6 to $20 billion as a result of hacking. In a recent article about cyber espionage attacks against the US, the magazine Vanity Fair even referred to 2011 as “the Year of the Hack.”
“Congratulations to the team from Deloitte Hyderabad India! Our purpose with the Global CyberLympics initiative is to help establish true cybersecurity partnerships across borders,” said Jay Bavisi, Chairman of the Global CyberLympics Organizing Committee and president of EC-Council. “We are very honored to have this initiative supported by key players in the information security community, including IMPACT, the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations, and also appreciative to GITEX, one of the 3 largest ICT exhibition in the world, for being such good hosts.”
Majed Almesmar, TRA’s deputy director general said during a press conference: “Proceeding from our belief in the importance of providing a safe cyber environment for UAE Internet users, we are glad to sponsor and support the Global CyberLympics Middle East Championships held during Gitex Technology Week. We believe that such events will help us uncover new talents and ideas in the field of information security, as well as contribute to raising global awareness on such issues and foster partnerships within information technology field among the nations of the globe.
Following up next will be the regional championships for North America, to be held at Hacker Halted Miami on Oct 25; South America, to be held at H2HC in Sao Paolo on Oct 30; and Asia Pacific, to be held at Hacker Halted Kuala Lumpur on Nov 15. The CyberLympics world final is tentatively scheduled for the first quarter of 2012, with its venue still being decided.
Registration for the Global CyberLympics is open, and more details can be found at the official Global CyberLympics website: http://www.cyberlympics.org.
For media and partnership enquiries, please contact: Leonard Chin, Vice Chair – Global CyberLympics Organizing Committee: leonard [at] cyberlympics.org.
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce. It is the owner and developer of 20 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and Certified Security Analyst /Licensed Penetration Tester (ECSA/LPT). EC-Council has trained over 90,000 security professionals and certified more than 40,000 members.
EC-Council’s certification programs are offered by over 450 training centers across 87 countries. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, the Montgomery GI Bill, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted information security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More information about EC-Council is available at https://www.eccouncil.org.