Cybersecurity students and young professionals to compete at WorldSkills Australia Cybersecurity Competition

Melbourne Australia, 17-19 August 2023 – Cyberbit, the world’s only hyper-realistic cyber skills development platform, and WorldSkills Australia, a national, not-for-profit organization that provides young Australians an opportunity to develop skills, compete in their chosen trade or profession, and fast track their skill and career development, have joined forces to run the WorldSkills Australia Cybersecurity Competition in Melbourne, Australia.  The competition will run for three days and include challenges in cyber labs and live-fire cyber-attack simulations in a hyper-realistic environment. One team may have the opportunity to go on to compete in next year’s WorldSkills international competition in Lyon, France in September 9-15, 2024.

The Cyberbit and WorldSkills Australia collaboration is open to cybersecurity students, apprentices, and young professionals from all over Australia with the joint goals of raising awareness of the field of cybersecurity, encouraging interest in cybersecurity careers, improving cybersecurity skill development pathways, and helping to solve the cybersecurity skills gap.

Over the course of three days, six blue teams (a defensive security team) and six red teams (an offensive security team) will take part in a series of intense challenges covering a variety of topics including malware analysis, Windows & Linux OS skills, knowledge of commercial security tools and others. Red and blue team exercises provide a critical solution for testing and building strong defenses and staying up to date with evolving cyber threats.

During the competition, competitors will participate in both individual challenges in Cyberbit’s hands-on cyber labs and team challenges in real-world, live-fire cyber-attack scenarios.  The live-fire exercises are powered by Cyberbit’s cyber range, which immerses teams in a virtual security operations center (SOC) that includes enterprise-grade networks and commercial security tools and simulates a real-world cyber-attack just like what the participants will use and encounter on the job. Teams are required to detect and respond to the live attack and their performance is automatically calculated by the Cyberbit platform.  

“The WorldSkills Australia cybersecurity competition is a premier competition for identifying and nurturing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals”, said Trevor Schwenke, Chief Executive Officer, WorldSkills Australia. “The competition uses the Cyberbit platform, a state-of-the-art cybersecurity skill development platform that provides the cybersecurity skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the cybersecurity field. It is a valuable resource for delivering hands-on cybersecurity skill development, a vital component of developing expertise and workforce readiness. Its cyber range provides a strategic capability for testing, assessing, and validating cyber defense skills and competency and ensuring the next generation of cybersecurity professionals is well-prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We are proud to be using it in the WorldSkills Australia cybersecurity competition.”

“We are excited to join WorldSkills Australia in their critical mission to expose young Australians to the field of cybersecurity, encourage their interest, and fast track their skill and career development,” said Sharon Rosenman, Chief Marketing Officer at Cyberbit. “This competition allows these individuals to compete in a real-world virtual environment, building and testing their hard and soft cybersecurity skills in live-fire cyber-attack scenarios and giving them a taste of what it’s like to be part of an actual security operations center. Good luck to all the participants in moving on to next year’s global competition.”

Winning scores are based on individual performance and responses to quizzes in cyber labs and a team score in the live-fire exercises that measure’s the team’s ability to detect the correct artifacts during incident investigation, complete incident response tasks, and respond to questions at the end of the exercise.

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About Cyberbit 

Cyberbit provides hands-on cybersecurity education and training and addresses the global cybersecurity skill gap through its world-leading cyber range platform. Colleges and universities use Cyberbit Range to increase student enrollment and retention, train industry organizations, and position their institutions as regional cybersecurity hubs by providing simulation-based learning and training. The Cyberbit Range platform delivers a hyper-realistic experience that immerses learners in a virtual security operations center (SOC), where they use real-world security tools to respond to real-world, simulated cyberattacks. As a result, it prepares students for their careers in cybersecurity from day-one after graduation and reduces the need to learn on the job. Cyberbit delivers over 100,000 training sessions annually across 5 continents. Customers include Fortune 500 companies, MSSPs, system integrators, higher education institutions and governments. Cyberbit is headquartered in Israel with offices in the US, Europe, and Asia.

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About WorldSkills Australia

Since 1981, WorldSkills Australia has helped more than 100,000 young people compete in national and international skill competitions. WorldSkills Australia is a social enterprise that identifies, demonstrates, promotes, and grows the excellence of Australia’s skills development. It inspires people to achieve excellence in their chosen skill and we help instill, both directly and indirectly, the positive aspects of the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sectors to apprentices and trainees, school children, their parents, industry, and employer groups. WorldSkills Australia works in collaboration with the Australian, State and Territory Governments to meet their joint objectives in developing and promoting excellence in trades and skills.

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