50 young people from all over the country participated in a cyber security competition held within the framework of the Second International BSIDES Conference on “Cyber Security” hosted and co-organized by UNSS. It announced the first three candidates for the Bulgarian cybersecurity team, which will participate in international competitions.
The competition is part of the national initiative “Cyber Security Challenge Bulgaria (CSCB)”, supported by the European Union Agency for Cyber Security and the Ministry of e-Government. The aim of the initiative is to organize annual qualifying competitions in the country to select the best ten young people to represent Bulgaria at the European Cyber Security Championship.
The winners and contenders to represent Bulgaria at the European competition in Norway are: Viktor Slavov – 24 years old, Simeon Bunchev – 24 years old and Krasimir Velkov – 19 years old.
“The competition takes place in an online platform that contains various specially created obstacles. The task before the participants is to “hack” them in 48 hours”, explained Spas Ivanov, managing director at Baseline Cyber Security, one of the organizers of the competition.
In recent years, UNSS has been actively developing cyber security training, said the vice-rector for digitalization and cyber security of the university – Assoc. Dr. Rosen Kirilov. He emphasized that the university has taken a number of actions regarding cyber security and digitalization. “I can most responsibly state that UNSS is a leader in digitization among higher education institutions,” added Dr. Kirilov.
“The requirements and needs in the field of cyber security are constantly increasing, and the Ministry of e-Government works not only in the field of cyber security, but also in the digitalization of the state, starting from the creation of laws, policies and state strategies and ending with operational protection itself of the state administration”, said Deputy Minister of Electronic Government Atanas Maznev, who opened the conference.