Strategy Challenge

What is the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge?

Since 2015, the FIC has held each year technical challenges in digital investigation. In 2019, it has launched the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge dedicated to strategic thought on the theme of collective security in cyberspace. Participants react to a hypothetical crisis scenario unfolding after a catastrophic event.

Organized in partnership with the Atlantic Council and GEODE (University Paris 8), this type of international challenge is unique in France. In 2020, the Strategy Challenge brought together for 3 days about 40 students from various international schools and universities.

The Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is designed to offer students across a wide range of academic disciplines a better understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber incidents. Part interactive learning experience and part competitive scenario exercise, the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge gives students interested in cyber policy an opportunity to interact with expert mentors, judges, and cyber professionals. Students will respond to an evolving scenario involving a cyber-attack and analyze the threat it poses to state, military, and private sector interests. Teams are judged based on their policy responses, decision-making processes, and oral presentation.

The teams presented their solutions before high-level juries, made up of different authorities in the field, both from the public and private sectors. In 2020, the jury of the final round was chaired by CA Vérel from the French CyberCom and composed of:
  • Klara Jordan (Global Cyber Alliance),
  • Genevieve Lester (US Army War College),
  • Nicolas Petrovic (CEO Siemens France),
  • Thierry Delville (Associate director PWC),
  • Fréderick Douzet (Researcher of French institut of geo-politics).

2021 EDITION ORGANISATION

  • To be selected, teams have to submit an essay (1,000 words) on the following topic: What would you consider to be the most significant cyber incident related to the covid-19 crisis, and why?
    In their essay, teams have to demonstrate: their analytical ability, their ability to provide an original perspective on cyber policy and the diversity of theirs backgrounds if possible. Teams don’t have to be cyber policy experts, but have to show their ability in adapting their knowledge to this new and rapidly-evolving field.
     
  • 7 days before:
Ahead of the competition, students receive the hypothetical scenario for a cyber incident to which they have to prepare a response. At Day-7, they send a written brief exploring and analyzing the key issues and implications related to the cyber incident described in the scenario materials.
 
  • Qualifying Report:
The qualifying round consists of 10 minute oral presentations, followed by 10 minute Q&A with the judges and feedback. Teams prepare a decision document, present the unfolding crisis and suggest a first set of responses.
 
  • Semi final Round:
The semi-final round, held on day 2, gives advancing teams the opportunity to respond to a new intelligence report altering the original scenario, received at the end of day 1. The briefing format is the same as the qualifying round, with less time to prepare their responses.
 
  • Final Round:
The final round, held on day 3, involves a spontaneous reaction to an intelligence report that further alters the original scenario. Teams respond to questions from the panel of judges with very little time to prepare, testing their ability to analyze information as a team and outline a response on the spot.

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