The competition took place in hybrid mode and was hosted under the theme, Cybersecurity to Curb Remote Working Risks. The competition works in an attack- defend model, and allows students and learners to defend their systems from experienced cybersecurity experts from the Namibian IT industry.
“With remote work and study being the new normal for many, there is a need to innovate in the way in which organisations protect themselves from cybercriminals. This competition is part of our efforts to train cybersecurity specialists that are capable of defending systems from malicious users,” NUST Vice-Chancellor, Dr Erold Naomab remarked.
The NNCSC Patron, Honorable Emma Theophilus, the Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology highlighted the immeasurable benefit of hosting such a competition for all sectors to all sectors of the economy, and will contribute to the progress and development of an ICT enabled industry in Namibia in a secure way.“As proposed in the Harambee Prosperity Plan, Namibia, as a knowledge- based economy supporting the 4th industrial revolution through Vision 2030 and a digital
nation, will strategically align towards the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by developing the needed skills for the cyber-physical space,” she added.
In total, seven teams participated in the competition, namely, Namibia College of Open Learning (NAMCOL), India-Namibia Centre of Excellence in IT (INCEIT), Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), University of Namibia (UNAM), the International University of Management (IUM) and two high School teams; DHPS and Delta secondary school.
The winning teams were:
1st Prize: NUST Team
2nd Prize: UNAM Team 3rd Prize: NAMCOL Team
Social Engineering Award:
NAMCOL Team NUST Team
DHPS High School