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CyberOlympics 2015 winner is Jaanus Kääp of IT College

18. February 2015 - 10:16

Tallinn, 14 January – The CyberOlympics, organized by the Ministry of Defence, the Estonian Information Technology College and the cyber security company Vequrity, were won by Information Technology College systems development student Jaanus Kääp.

Second place went to Henri Ots of the same school; Andres Elliku of the Tallinn University of Technology came third. Karl-Martin Karlson and Urmo Lihten came fourth and fifth, respectively.

The first prize at the CyberOlympics, a trip to Amsterdam to Black Hat Europe conference, was awarded to the winner by Minister of Defence Sven Mikser.

“For the Ministry of Defence, this was an important competition. It’s up there with the NATO cyber defence exercise Cyber Coalition and Locked Shields, which were held in Estonia,” said Mikser in bestowing the award. “I’m glad that the calibre of the competition and the competitors was very high and I hope that the CyberOlympics will become an international competition in a few years.”

Taavi Must, the director of one of the organizers of the CyberOlympics, Vequrity OÜ, said the fact that the event was organized in cooperation with a government ministry, higher education institution and private company, ensured flexibility and a high calibre. “I am glad to be able to say that the participants all turned in a respectable performance. The CyberOlympics showed that there are many gifted young people coming into the field of cyber defence,” said Must.

The head judge of the CyberOlympics 2015, Tallinn University of Technology associate professor Rain Ottis, said the competition was evenly contested and that there were no major technical glitches.

The competition was completed by 21 students from the Estonian Information Technology College, the Tallinn University of Technology, the University of Tartu, the Tallinn Polytechnic School and the Mainor Business School.

1st place (Jaanus Kääp, Estonian Information Technology College, IT systems development)
2nd place (Henri Ots, Estonian Information Technology College, IT systems administration)
3rd place (Andres Elliku, Tallinn University of Technology, cyber defence curriculum, graduate of the Estonian Information Technology College)
4th place (Karl-Martin Karlson, Estonian Information Technology College, IT systems administration)
5th place (Urmo Lihten, Tallinn University of Technology, cyber defence curriculum, graduate of the Estonian Information Technology College)

The CyberOlympics is an individual cyber defence event where students are challenged over a span of eight hours to put their technical knowledge and practical skills to the test and successfully defend computer systems. The goal of the CyberOlympics is to increase cyber defence skills and knowledge among students and to increase interest in the field.

The first CyberOlympics was organized by the Estonian Ministry of Defence, the Estonian IT College and Vequrity OÜ. It was supported by ByteLife Solutions OÜ, Cisco Systems Estonia OÜ, Guardtime AS, the Information Technology Foundation for Education and the Tallinn University of Technology.

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