• The University of Defence and the CIRC Centre arranged a camp for the national cyber security competition team members on 20 and 21 August 2018. The team will compete for the Czech Republic in the international competition held in the United Kingdom.
The Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and its cybernetic security working group together with the National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NCISA) as the principal guarantor arranged the national competition of secondary schools in cyber security. The other contributing entities include government organisations, universities and non-profit associations involved in cyber security and defence for a long. The University of Defence is one of the expert guarantors while the Chief of Defence lieutenant general Ales Opata and University of Defence rector brigadier Bohuslav Prikryl accepted the patronage role.
The number of participants in the national competition in the knowledge and skills of cyber security and information communication systems exceeded 3,000 of secondary school students from the entire Czech Republic. Twenty of them got through the national finals to the preparation for the European finals consisting of a series of training camps held by various expert organisations, such as the Faculty of Military Leadership of the University of Defence and the military Computer Incident Response Capability (CIRC) Centre.
The Department of Leadership who took the responsibility for the university focused on the identification and development of team leaders abilities, cooperation and communication within the team. The two-day camp took place in the highland Sněžné – Milovy – Blatiny area based on the continuous 48 hours training in team work, time management and teambuilding using the department’s laboratory diagnostic devices and methods.
Thus, the group members learnt new experience, working and having their ways in teams, communicating with teammates or lead them and distribute tasks. The criteria of choosing the ten team members who will participate in the London finals include among the individual abilities also the team working abilities and readiness of working for the team.
Along with the identification of qualities, the students have learnt some of the cyber security theory spiced with practical examples from the CIRC Centre. One of the presenting analysers appreciated students’ response: “It is rare to get such interaction from the audience. They asked with enthusiasm and shared their observations, too. We wish the team a lot of success in London.”
Jolana Fedorková (University of Defence) and Lucie Masaříková (CIRC)