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GU Places Third in International Cyber Challenge Competition


On May 11-12, 2021, the seventh edition of the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge was held in Geneva. The best placing team from the Swedish universities was Adrian’s Apostles from the University of Gothenburg, which came in third place.

Adrian's Apostles consists of William Andréasson, Ademir Čabaravdić, Carl Davidson, and Hanna Seviarynets, all studying at the Master's Program in International Administration and Global Governance (IAGG). They recently placed third in the international student competition Cyber ​​9/12 Strategy Challenge, which they qualified for following their success in the Swedish National Defense College's competition Cyber ​​Challenge earlier this spring.

The purpose of these kinds of competitions is to gain a better understanding of what could happen if a country falls victim to a cyber-attack.

Deltagarna, uppifrån från vänster: William Andréasson, Hanna Seviarynets, Carl Davidson och Ademir Čabaravdić.
GU's team Adrian's Apostles placed third in an international student competition. Participants, from left to right: William Andréasson, Hanna Seviarynets, Carl Davidson and Ademir Čabaravdić.

Third place, congratulations on a job well done! William Andréasson, how does it feel?

"Incredibly fun! We were ready leading up to this challenge because we were so successful at the Swedish National Defense College's competition at the beginning of the year."

What was the scenario like this time, what problems did you have to solve?

"We were given a fictional scenario in which it was suspected that European healthcare faced a cyber-attack in the middle of the "Covid-22" pandemic. The scenario would take place at both the national and EU level, which meant that we needed to draw upon our knowledge of EU institutions."

How were your opponents, why did the first place team win?

"All the opponents we faced were talented, creative, and driven. We think that the winning team won because they were the best at predicting how the scenario we were given would develop."

Who was on the jury for this competition?

"The jury members came from a rather vast range of different organizations, including Europol, NATO, KPMG and several different universities."

Have your perspectives on Sweden's cyber security changed based on these competitions?

"We have gained an in-depth understanding of what cyber security is and how policy advisers from different agencies and organizations should approach it. Cyber ​​security spans several different disciplines beyond technology, and is of great importance to society."

Do you think it is valuable for students to compete, and why?

"Yes, it is an incredibly valuable experience, where you get to test your ability to work in teams at a fast pace. The feedback you receive from experts is invaluable. The competition has strengthened both our ability to withstand stress and to work together as a team, and we would recommend that anyone who has an interest in security policy try it!"

More information

The Cyber ​​9/12 Strategy Challenge was organized by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Atlantic Council.

The 24 teams represented universities from Chile, Estonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Hungary, and the United States. The winning team came from ETH Zurich, followed by a team from Tallinn University of Technology, with the team from the University of Gothenburg placing third.

Read more about the competition and who participated here.