2 MUST students in Greece for cyber security challenge

2 MUST students in Greece for cyber security challenge

By Chimwemwe Gondwe

Two Information Technology (IT) students from the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) have traveled to Greece to participate in the first ever International Cyber Security Competition in the city of Athens.

The students, Evely Howahowa and Hope Mlebe, were nominated together with two students from the Malawi University of Business and Applied Science (MUBAS) in September 2021 to represent Malawi in the Southern African team.

The nominations were on account of their class performances and during a mentorship and training programme by the southern African block organisers.

The southern African Team consists of students from other countries like Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Lesotho. The coach of this southern African team is Dr Mercy Chitauro of the Namibia University of Science and Technology.

The Malawi team was sponsored for air tickets and accommodation by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) and Cyber4Dev.

MUST also sponsored the students with transport and Visa charges in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The International Cyber Security Competition has been organized by the European Union Agency for Cyber-Security (ENISA) and other regional and international organizations.

The competition started on June 14th and ends tomorrow.

Through this challenge, ENISA aims to attract young talent and raise awareness in the community and globally on the education and skills needed in the area of cyber security.

The first ever competition involved teams from different regions competing in a series of challenges in areas such as web application, system exploitation, cryptography, reverse engineering, hardware challenges, forensics and escape rooms.