Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup Gives Ottawa Students a Chance to Win Paid Internships with Local IT Companies

The number of private companies and public institutions that have had their information technology systems or websites hacked seems to grow day by day. And the natural question to ask is: “What can we do about it?” Well, something is being done!

CGI, Bell Canada, Phirelight Security Solutions, the Bank of Canada and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) are pleased to announce the first ever and first annual Cyber Security Challenge Ottawa (CySCOTT), a city and regional cyber security (hacking) competition for students in the Ottawa area.

Where: Carleton University, St. Patrick’s Building, Room 303
When: Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Who: Post-secondary undergraduate students from Carleton University, Algonquin College, University of Ottawa and Collège La Cité will compete.
Why: To award fully paid intern jobs in five IT security companies for the top students in the competition.

Teams of students will compete in a simulation to attack a vulnerable computer network, break through the cyber defences, take control of the systems and advise the fictitious company how to defend against their cyberattack.

Each school will be limited to eight competitors: two teams of four participants. For a contact list of these academic representatives, visit:

The winning team will be presented with the Ottawa Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup. Students will compete for one of five paid internships with the sponsoring organizations. Sponsorship is also being provided by, the Carleton University Technology Innovation Management program, and the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC).

“I am very pleased to support this innovative and exciting event” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup will help raise cybersecurity awareness within the community and help equip individuals and families with the necessary tools to safeguard themselves against computer fraud, cyber-bullying, identity theft and child exploitation.”

The Canadian Cyber Security Challenge was founded in 2011 by Tom Levasseur, now a senior security consultant at CGI, to address a shortage of skilled resources in Canada’s IT security workforce.

For more information on CySCOTT and the Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup, please contact Tom Levasseur at (613) 720-1232 or Or visit

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