2018-19 Pilot Program

The first year of CyberTaipan has recently concluded, with the 2018-19 National Finals held in Canberra on 16 March 2019.

Launched in June 2018, the CyberTaipan Pilot Program saw 28 teams from across Australia compete for a position at the National Finals.

You can watch one team from Melba Copland Secondary School's CyberTaipan journey here.

Following two scored rounds, 10 teams were selected to attend the National Finals.

After an exciting day competing, the team from The Southport School in Queensland took home the prestigious title in an award ceremony hosted at Parliament House.

The team from Lake Tuggeranong College, ACT took second place, and Victoria-based Australian Air Force Cadets, 415 Squadron came third.

You can read more here.

Educate, Engage, Inspire

CyberTaipan is a national cyber defence competition for Australian youth in years 7-12 , designed to encourage future education and careers in cyber security and other STEM disciplines.

Modelled on the hugely successful U.S. Air Force Association's CyberPatriot program, CyberTaipan is presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and delivered locally by Northrop Grumman Australia in partnership with AustCyber (the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network).

The competition puts teams of students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company.

In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and six hours to compete. During this time, they are tasked with finding cyber security vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.

Teams compete for the top placement within their state or territory, with the winners earning an all-expenses paid trip to Canberra for the National Finals Competition.

CyberTaipan helps these youth develop skills that will carry forward through college and careers critical to Australia's future.

Find out more or get involved at the CyberTaipan website!