Aberystwyth students take second place at European Crisis Games in Geneva

Aberystwyth students and Professor Madeline Carr at the European Crisis Games, Geneva

Aberystwyth students and Dr Madeline Carr at the European Crisis Games, Geneva

ABERYSTWYTH students took second place at the first European Cyber Crisis Games, Cyber 9/12, in Geneva, which took place on 22nd and 23rd April. Aberystwyth’s undergraduates Alain Bouwman, Christopher Dennett, Sam Smales and Nick Bruetsch were the only undergraduate team in the final and lost out to a mixed team from HEC Lausanne and ETH Zurich.

The masters team of Maihanna Murphy, Ian Goertz, Grant Alger and Andrew Gilbert also made it to the semi-finals, and the undergraduates saw off competition from Kings College London and Exeter University to secure their spot in the final round.

Alain Bouwman, who captained the undergraduate team, said that:

“It was one of the most challenging and stressful competitions we’ve taken part in. Presenting your policy recommendations in front of a panel of Cyber Security experts and competing against other top universities, really did put the pressure on. Aberystwyth can be proud, and we couldn’t have achieved this without the excellent coaching and support from Dr Carr!”

Dr Madeline Carr of the International Politics Department, who coached both teams, said that:

“The judges were really impressed with our students’ understanding of the complexity of cyber security policy. They consistently came up with creative, solid options for responding to a major, escalating cyber attack and they did it with professionalism and intelligence.

The Cyber 9/12 event was amazing. The judges were drawn from the top tier of EU and US cyber policy ranks – the UN, NATO, Deloitte etc. Their feedback was incredibly enlightening for us all.

I’m so proud of our students. They worked incredibly hard in the lead up to the event and they performed so well under extreme pressure. These people have the capacity to shape cyber security policy in the next decade.”