Who are the young ethical hackers who won the national cybersecurity competition

Who are the young ethical hackers who won the national cybersecurity competition

The team of the University of Cagliari imposes itself at Cyberchallenge, the training school to introduce young people to IT security

Team Cagliari (Cyberchallenge) The fifth edition of CyberChallenge.IT ended with a participatory online ceremony , the Italian training school for young ethical hackers of the future. In the presence of authorities and representatives of the academic and industrial world, the Deputy Director General of the Department of Information for Security (Dis), announced the three teams of the national medal table: the University of Genoa, the Polytechnic of Turin and the University of Cagliari, who respectively won the third, second and first place.

The final competition of CyberChallenge.IT, which was held on 7 July, is the culmination of a path that lasted all spring during which 671 young people from 33 different locations (30 universities plus the Tuscan Cybersecurity Competence Center and the two military academies of the Army and Air Force) had the opportunity to perfect their skills in the field of cybersecurity. The teams challenged each other in a Ctf (Capture the flag) race, in which each team must defend their infrastructure while attacking the opponent's. In the virtual arena where the competition took place, the mastery of techniques such as network security, websecurity, software vulnerabilities, hardware vulnerabilities and cryptography, core subjects of the CyberChallenge.IT training course, was crucial.

The day was introduced by a speech by the Magnificent Rector of the University of Camerino, Claudio Pettinari, with responsibility for research for the Conference of Italian University Rectors (Crui), who renewed the support of the academic world to CyberChallenge.IT, to date the only European intensive training program aimed at very young people between 16 and 23 years old. Following, the keynote by Manlio Di Stefano, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who outlined the trajectory of the Italian cyber strategy, in a political moment in which attention to the security of infrastructures and telecommunications is increasingly central in the the agenda of governments around the world.

But the final of CyberChallenge.IT was also an opportunity for discussion on the issues of gender inequality, central to Baldoni's speech, and protagonist of a journalist and writer Carola Frediani, who baptized the first digital ambassadors of the National Cybersecurity Laboratory. For the first time this year, the Lab has in fact decided to further encourage inclusiveness in participating in the world of cybersecurity by choosing five of the participants in the competition, who stood out for their skills, passion and leadership characteristics. These are Karina Chichifoi (University of Bologna), Sara Lazzaro (Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria), Giulia Martino (University of Genoa), Cecilia Ruggero and Teresa Torresani (both of the Command for Training and Application School of the Army of Turin). Digital Ambassadors will play a central role in promoting activities and meetings on the world of cybersecurity, encouraging greater participation by anyone with a desire to test their talent, in an inclusive and meritocratic community.

They have The representatives of the CyberChallenge.IT Platinum sponsors (Aizoon, CyberSec @ BIP, Blu5 Group, Cisco, Cybergon, Deloitte, Eni, Exprivia, IBM, InTheCyber ​​Group, Leonardo, Numera and WINDTRE) also participated in the award ceremony. of cybersecurity experts and journalists, awarded the special mention to the team most capable of communicating and disseminating information security issues: this year's result was achieved by the team of the University of Genoa. At the beginning of the month, the same Platinum and Silver sponsors (DiGi One, Synergie, Ict Cyberconsulting) had the opportunity to participate in the recruitment fair, an opportunity for the young participants to meet CyberChallenge.IT and the main companies in the cybersecurity sector.

"With the fifth edition of CyberChallenge.IT - the second under pandemic - we have strengthened our belief that it was necessary to evolve and continue to invest in our work, without limiting ourselves to replicating a successful format", he commented Paolo Prinetto, director of the National Cybersecurity Laboratory: “Innovating and constantly updating this activity has allowed us to grow and reach more and more young girls and boys, despite the difficult period we have all experienced. This year's ceremony was probably the most heartfelt, thanks to the friendship and participation of prominent personalities who, increasingly numerous, have renewed their support for the school of ethical hackers. Added to this is the introduction of a specific recognition for digital Ambassadors, which further strengthens the path of the Laboratory for ever greater inclusiveness, necessary to bring out the true talents of our country, indispensable for industry, research and equipment. of the State ".

Who won

Team Genova (Cyberchallenge) 3rd place - University University of Genoa

Giulia Martino (captain)

Valentino Badalucco

Riccardo Cicala

Lorenzo Leonardini
Mirco Mazzoni

Samuele Romano

Team Torino (Cyberchallenge) 2nd place - Polytechnic of Turin

Marco Sorbi (captain)

Simone Aronica

Dario Ferrero

Giovanni Graziano

Alessandro Pizzorni

Matteo Schiff

Team Cagliari (Cyberchallenge) 1st place - University of Cagliari

Giovanni Manca (captain)

Marcello Carboni

Fabio Marotta

F ilippo Mereu

Davide Murru

Riccardo Sulis

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