The National Electronic Security Authority (NESA) announced today the second annual ‘UAE Cyber Quest’ student competition.
Organized in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), 60 students from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Ajman and Fujairah have been involved in the project, held at Du Forum, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. This competition is part of NESA’s efforts to educate middle and high school students about cyber security and stimulate their interest towards computer science.
The Cyber Quest competition lasted three continuous hours with “Defacers” team scoring first place, the team includes Rami Mohamed and Rashid Helal. In second place, “Hoax Hunters” team, which consists of Amir Mahdy and Hassan Abdulla and finally in third place, “Code Compilers” team which include Adam Fakhri and Nashat Alfakih.
“We are pleased to follow on from last year’s successes by announcing the second edition of the UAE Cyber Quest Competition. This is a unique national competition that involves mid and high school students across the UAE, to increase their awareness of electronic security and inspire them to consider building a career in the field. We look forward to engaging with students, council representatives and parents in the UAE Cyber Quest Competition 2015,” said Saif Al Nuaimi, NESA Head of Regulatory and Strategic Affairs.
“Cyber Quest is providing a platform that educates and fosters the development of the next generation’s talent, Emiratis and non-Emiratis alike. The knowledge gained through the program and student competition will not only strengthen the future career prospects of these students, but will also positively impact their level of critical thinking, technological skills and educational development journey. The UAE has made significant headway with regards to its electronic infrastructure and digital economy, making this contest a highly relevant one for today’s youth,” he added.
Now open to students of all nationalities, the first phase of the UAE Cyber Quest project, comprised of five to six winter camps, attracted students from several public and private schools throughout the UAE. A total of 560 students registered for the winter camp. During the winter camp, 60 students were chosen as the final competitors, having scored the highest in overall performances. The 2015 competition represents the second phase of the UAE Cyber Quest project.
The first phase of UAE Cyber Quest is complete and saw students attend the educational winter camp program which offered a series of unique, hands-on practical exercises and two core modules: ‘Networking and Operating System Fundamentals’ and ‘Basic Ethical Hacking and Defense’.