Janne Haldesten - Judge at the Atlantic Council

Janne Haldesten, thought leader and cybersecurity evangelist at Cybercom Group, has been called to serve as judge by the Atlantic Council for the US branch of the global Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge 2017.

We at Cybercom Group firmly believe that participation in global cybersecurity training efforts is essential in order to provide stability and security for everyone, where we are deeply honoured to be part of a panel of judges drawn from the upper echelons of government and leading cyber security firms.

Now entering its fifth year, the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is a unique competition designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict.

The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is an annual cyber policy competition for students across the globe to compete in developing national security policy recommendations tackling a fictional cyber catastrophe. In 2017, the Student Challenge will take place in Washington, DC in March, Geneva, Switzerland in April, and Sydney, Australia in September.

Students have a unique opportunity to interact with expert mentors and high-level cyber professionals while developing valuable skills in policy analysis and presentation. The competition has already engaged over 700 students from universities in the United States, United Kingdom, France, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Finland, Estonia and Sweden, where the latter will be contributing with three teams after the qualifying rounds that took place 26 January 2017 at the Swedish Defence University.

In Geneva, Switzerland, in partnership with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), students respond to a major cyber-attack on European networks. Competitors will provide recommendations balancing individual national approaches and a collective crisis management response, considering capabilities, policies, and governance structures of NATO, EU, and individual nations. The competition fosters a culture of cooperation and a better understanding of these organizations and their member states in responding to cyberattacks.

In Washington, DC, in partnership with American University's School of International Service, student teams confront a serious cybersecurity breach of national and international importance. Teams will compose policy recommendations and justify their decision-making process, considering the role and implications for relevant civilian, military, law enforcement, and private sector entities and updating the recommendations as the scenario evolves.