The first round, a new content of the ASEAN Student Contest on Information Security 2020, was held online to help contestants, especially those from ASEAN member countries, to get familiar with the contest’s requirements and types of questions. The event, which lasted for four consecutive hours, attracted the participation of 121 teams from 31 Vietnamese colleges and universities and 37 teams from those in six other ASEAN member states. The results of this round helped participating colleges and universities select the best teams to compete in the qualifying round, which is slated for October 31 and lasts for eight hours.

Contestants during the event

In the qualifying round, three best teams of each school will compete with their peers from other schools. The Vietnamese teams will join online competitions held at the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology and the Saigon University, while contestants from ASEAN member countries will compete with their peers virtually.

At the eight-hour finale, which is scheduled to take place on December 28, members of 16 best teams from Vietnam and ASEAN member nations will be tested on their ability to counter-measure cyber-attacks against their opponents and to protect their own computer networks.

The final round and awarding ceremony will be held at the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, while a ceremony to hand over the Education and Training Minister’s certificates to outstanding participants has been slated for December 2 in Hanoi.

As reported, this is the second time that the ASEAN Student Contest on Information Security has been held for students from ASEAN member nations. Jointly organized by the Vietnam Information Security Association, the Department of Information Technology under the Ministry of Education and Training, and the Department of Information Security, the contest is  part of the activities in  response to the “Vietnam’s Information Security Day 2020.” 

The event aims to raise tertiary education and training establishments’ responsibility and awareness of information security, promote experience sharing among participants, and update participating students on cutting-edge information security technologies. The contest is also an opportunity to select information security talents and a playground for ASEAN students to meet and share knowledge. 

Translated by Tran Hoai