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Oxford team wins Cyber 9/12 2020 Challenge

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    Left to right: Alexis Ciambotti (DPIR), Manuel Hepfer (Saïd Business School), Matthew Rogers (Computer Science), and Yashovardhan Sharma (Computer Science)

A team from Oxford has won the Cyber 9/12 2020 Challenge—a first for the University.

Alexis Ciambotti (DPIR), Manuel Hepfer (Saïd Business School), Matthew Rogers (Computer Science), and Yashovardhan Sharma (Computer Science) completed three rounds of tasks, analysing a range of data and evidence to develop policy recommendations for a hypothetical scenario. Their work was evaluated by a panel of expert judges, representing government, industry, and academia. They were supported by Lucas Kello, Associate Professor of International Relations, who coached the team.

After a facing competition from Queen’s University Belfast and Royal Holloway London, they came first and won a paid summer internship with Sage UK.

The Cyber 9/12 Challenge is ‘designed to provide student competitors across varied disciplines a deeper understanding of the strategy challenges associated with cyber security, crisis and conflict’. The Challenge is organised by the Atlantic Council and supported by the UK Government.

Lucas Kello is Associate Professor of International Relations, Director of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, Co-Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security (Dept of Computer Science)