Display Your Cybersecurity Skills and Network with Business Leaders!

The ATOM Annual Cybersecurity Strategy Challenge purposes FIU Business and Cybersecurity students to look towards the future of cybersecurity and cyber resilience. The challenge aims to develop and refine the cybersecurity leadership skills of our FIU Business students in handling complex, evolving cybersecurity incidents that sometimes involve multi-organizations or multi-nations. FIU students will gather to assess cybersecurity threats and conduct cybersecurity risk assessment, threat identification, prevention and remediation based on a realistic situation, under this year’s challenge theme: "Ransomware Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector in a Pandemic."

Tasked with a real-life business problem, purposes FIU Business and Cybersecurity students work collaboratively to form analytical and research-based perspectives, and develop collaborative, critical thinking, and research skills. Student competitors formally present their innovative solutions comprising of cybersecurity policy and strategy, to a panel of senior business and cybersecurity leaders.

Challenge Guidelines

A cybersecurity incident scenario will be offered to student competing teams who share the major findings of their research and analysis, to a panel of judges comprised of business industry leaders, who critique and select the winning competitors. This is a great opportunity for student to showcase their cybersecurity skills to potential employers.

First-place winners will be sponsored to represent FIU Business at the 9/12 Strategy Challenge, an international cybersecurity challenge!

  • Scholarship Awards

    Challenge winners each receive monetary awards towards tuition! The winning team will also be sponsored to represent FIU Business at the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge.

  • Competition Rules
    • The project submission must be entirely the work of the student team. While faculty and other individuals can help review the submission, they should not contribute to the content of the report or the solution.
    • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
    • The contest materials must be submitted by the due dates. Late submissions will not be accepted and no extensions will be given.
  • Judging Criteria

    Teams will be judged on five key points regarding the quality of the analysis performed and the solution proposed, as well as the quality of the presentation.

    1. Understanding of cyber policy
    2. Identification of key issues
    3. Policy response options - analysis and selection option
    4. Structure and communication
    5. Originality and creativity

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