As cyber-attacks and data breaches become more and more common, companies and organizations have identified the need to invest in sharp, young cyber guardians to protect their digital assets.
The UN organized the Cybersecurity Challenge: Countering Digital Terrorism on December 5–6, 2019 in Vienna.
IE University strongly encourages its students to compete in international challenges like this one, as it allows them to gain exciting, hands-on experience and to network with top minds in the industry. This year, two groups of students from IE University were accepted to participate in the challenge—and one was named runner-up!
To discover the ins and outs of the challenge and get some tips for future competitors, we sat down with two of our participating students, Olivia Glowacka and Camelia Ryane to ask them some questions. Here’s what they had to say.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
O: My name is Olivia Glowacka. I’m Polish-American, and I’m a second-year Bachelor in International Relations student at the IE University Segovia campus. I was a member of the team which won runner-up at the Cybersecurity Challenge. My team was also made up of Cynthia Turbides (second-year Bachelor in International Relations student from the Dominican Republic) and Angelika Tracz (second-year Dual in Laws and International Relations student from Poland/US). Together, we submitted our “Framework For a Seminar Series: Tackling Radicalization Through Prevention Education and Teaching Entrepreneurship Education.”
The idea was based on having a gradual seminar program implemented in the continent of Africa, from primary school to university level. This program would work to establish a counter-narrative that entrepreneurship can serve as a way to obtain money, food, and social acceptance, versus joining a terrorist organization, which attracts vulnerable youth by promising the same things.
C: My name is Camelia Ryane and I’m a fifth-year Business Administration and International Relations student from Morocco. I want to pursue a career in international security and development, and this opportunity was the perfect chance to meet industry professionals and get a first-hand experience in the field. I was teamed up with a Rama Al Ramahi from Jordan and Juan Tomas Sanchez from Spain.
What was the competition like? What were the challenges and objectives? How was your experience participating in a UN event?