Tiesse contributes to CyberChallenge.IT 2020 with its routers

“As a supplier, our contribution has been to provide network hardware platforms -routers- for Paideusis”, said Vincenzo Luciano Lucrezia, CTO of Tiesse S.p.A. “We believe in fact, adds the CTO, “that concrete support for initiatives of this kind, excellence at European level, are fundamental for the transfer of knowledge, for the development of innovation and that offer stimuli to all parties involved young people included”.

By Key4Biz.it – Article by Piero Boccellato | 5 October 2020, 10:20 am

The fourth edition of CyberChallenge.IT, the national race of Italian ethical hackers, ended with the victory of the Tuscan university.

The University of Pisa is the winner of the fourth edition of CyberChallenge.IT, the national competition of Italian ethical hackers, organized every year by the National Cybersecurity Laboratory of CINI (National Interuniversity Consortium for Informatics).

The event, for the first time entirely online, involved 560 children between 16 and 23 years old, for a total of 28 teams, represented by 26 universities, the Tuscan Cybersecurity Competence Center and the Command for Training and School of Application of the Turin Army. To win the first step of the podium, for this edition, was the University of Pisa, with the Politecnico di Milano in second place and the University of Verona third place.

CyberChallenge.IT and the Paideusis Cyber range
The teams competed in a complex Capture the Flag (Ctf) race, a kind of virtual flag steal, in which each team was called upon to attack opponents’ computer infrastructure, while protecting their own, and preventing others from taking control of them. One of the battlefields, created specifically for the occasion, was the new Paideusis cyber range: a permanent infrastructure, physically hosted in Turin by the Links Foundation, which created it together with the National Cybersecurity Laboratory and with the technical collaboration of the Canavese company Tiesse.

“As a supplier, our contribution has been to provide network hardware platforms -routers- for Paideusis”, said Vincenzo Luciano Lucrezia, CTO of Tiesse S.p.A. “We believe in fact, adds the CTO, “that concrete support for initiatives of this kind, excellence at European level, are fundamental for the transfer of knowledge, for the development of innovation and that offer stimuli to all parties involved young people included”.

All contained in one room, Paideusis consists of a remotely accessible physical environment in which each team’s modems interact with each other.

“Seeing the race in the live, even remotely, was the greatest satisfaction after months of work in which we have come to terms, like everyone else, with a global pandemic”, commented Paolo Prinetto, director of the National Cybersecurity Laboratory. “This is the most significant demonstration of how, even with 560 young people and 28 institutions involved, every problem can become opportunities, when motivation is strong and aimed at the culture of safety and technological progress. There are all the foundations to grow further and – we hope – to be able to realize the next CyberChallenge.IT in presence”.

The TeamItaly
The next step in the activities of the National Cybersecurity Laboratory will be the convocation of the young people who have distinguished themselves most during the competitions for entry into TeamItaly: the Italian national team of cybersecurity experts that every year represents the excellence of the country in national competitions.

The next appointment will be in November, with a friendly at European level organized by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), which replaces the European Cybersecurity Challenge (ECSC), postponed due to Covid-19. The Italian national team, which had taken second place at Ecsc19, therefore remains on the European podium.

October is European Cybersecurity Month
On 1 October, the eighth edition of the European Cybersecurity Month, the European Union’s initiative that brings together its Member States and European citizens to prevent and counter cyber threats, began.

Hundreds of activities will take place throughout the month in the old continent, coordinated by ENISA. Conferences, seminars, training sessions, general presentations, webinars and online campaigns, aimed at raising citizens’ awareness of cybersecurity and providing up-to-date information on digital security through the training and sharing of best practices.

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