The EC-Council announced recently that the United Nations has endorsed its Global CyberLympics initiative, an international campaign that aims to improve cybersecurity training and awareness in developing nations and third world countries.
According to the EC-Council, the CyberLympics is a series of ethical hacking games comprised of both offensive and defensive security challenges that will take place across six continents. Teams will vie for regional championships, followed by a global hacking championship round to determine the world“™s best cybersecurity team. The EC-Council announced it is sponsoring over $400,000 worth of prizes.
“The Global CyberLympics could help to foster a greater sense of partnership and cooperation between countries on the issue of cybersecurity,“ said Mohd Noor Amin, chairman of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats, the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations. “By sharing knowledge, training and resources, we can help to improve the level of cybersecurity in many countries and regions around the world.“
The EC-Council hopes that the event will help discover new talents, methods and ideas, bring awareness to the issues of information security and encourage global peace.
“Our purpose with the Global CyberLympics initiative is to help establish true cybersecurity partnerships across borders,“ said Jay Bavisi, chairman of the Global CyberLympics Organizing Committee and president of EC-Council. “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.“
The regional championships for the Global CyberLympics in the United States will take place in October at the Hacker Halted USA conference in Miami and in December at the TakeDownCon event in Las Vegas.