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August 08, 2011

EC-Council's Global CyberLympics Endorsed by U.N. Cybersecurity Arm

The E-Council has introduced a new initiative, the Global CyberLympics. This is an ethical hacking championship which will be held for the first time in the world. The championship is endorsed by the United Nations cybersecurity executing arm and will be held across six continents this September.

Fostering better cooperation and communication on cybersecurity issues among countries is the mission behind the games. The championship also aims to improve cybersecurity training and awareness in developing nations and third world countries.

 

The Global CyberLympics is a series of ethical hacking games created by EC-Council (News - Alert). Both offensive and defensive security challenges comprise the Global CyberLympics. A global hacking championship round will be preceded by regional championships across six continents. The world’s best cybersecurity team will be determined after the global round. More than $400,000 worth of prizes at the CyberLympics are being sponsored by the EC-Council.

The International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) is also supporting the Global CyberLympics. This support will allow promotion of the Global CyberLympics’ mission to 136 partner countries.

In a release, Mohd Noor Amin, chairman of IMPACT said: “The Global CyberLympics could help to foster a greater sense of partnership and cooperation between countries on the issue of cybersecurity. By sharing knowledge, training and resources, we can help to improve the level of cybersecurity in many countries and regions around the world.”

According to Jay Bavisi, chairman of the Global CyberLympics Organizing Committee and president of EC-Council, establishing true cybersecurity partnership across borders is the purpose of the Global CyberLympics initiative.

Bavisi said, “We are very proud and honored for this initiative to be supported by key players in the information security community, including IMPACT, the world’s first United Nations-backed global alliance for cybersecurity, as well as some of the most reputable events such as GITEX, the largest IT tradeshow in the Middle East region, and Hacktivity, the largest hackers conference in central and eastern Europe.”

Hacking has resulted in annual loss of intellectual property and investment opportunities worth $6 to $20 billion. Vanity Fair has referred to 2011 as “the Year of the Hack,” in a recent article about cyber espionage attacks against the US.

For more information on Global CyberLympics, visit http://www.cyberlympics.org.


Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.
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