The European Cyber Security Competition (ECSC) draws the best of the UK’s emerging cyber specialists (aged 16-25) and pits them against their contemporaries in Europe. We select, nurture and manage the UK team and work with industry leaders who provide the technical training to ensure our team has the best chance in the competition.

Run by ENISA, the European agency responsible for cyber security for the European Union, the competition is a challenging exploration of the skills needed for a successful career in cyber security. The ECSC is also a unique opportunity to connect with industry leaders, network with peers from across the continent and discover more about the cyber security industry. The 2020 ECSC was postponed (COVID) and the UK is not involved in the 2021 Competition in Prague (Brexit). We hope to be back in due course.

ECSC UK team 2019

The UK ECSC Team were selected on 22 March 2019 at the Face to Face qualifier in Santander’s offices in Leicester. Forty two young cyber enthusiasts selected for their outstanding performance in the online qualifying rounds battled it out for 10 coveted spots on Team UK. Led by Team Captain, Sophia McCall, and coached by Paul Harrington from the NCC Group, the team have spent the summer in training, thanks to the NCC Group and Immersive Labs.

The sixth edition of the ECSC was held in Bucharest, Romania, 9-11 October. Over the course of three days, challengers completed a series of security-related tasks from domains such as web and mobile security, reverse engineering and forensics.

In 2018, we hosted 17 countries at Plexal, London, in a three day event which ran alongside Cyber Re:coded: our innovative careers fair. As well as participating in ECSC 2018, attendees tested innovative new cyber tech, listened to talks by industry experts, snacked, hacked, celebrated and sailed down the river Thames.

Take a look at our video and photo galleries of ECSC 2018!