Outsmarting cyber-criminals

We live in a world where the mere mention of ‘cyber-hack’ immediately puts us on alert. For four School of Business students, they managed to outwit and respond to a real life cyber attack, emerging first runner-up at the recent Ernst & Young Asia-Pacific Cyber Case Competition 2019.

To get to the global round, which was held in Hong Kong, Bryan Thean Li Ren, Howard Ho Zi Hui, Leo Kah Man, and Chong Mee Hun, had to prepare an online written case and a short video on how cybersecurity will change the business landscape. Of the 70 teams that applied, only 10 global teams were selected from Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Team Orca was the only team representing Malaysia.

The 10 teams were then divided into groups and worked together as C-suite executives, to analyse cyber attack case studies. They also had to react to emergency events and prepare a presentation for a panel of industry leaders on their strategy, including recommended actions. In the final round, the top 3 teams were tasked with analysing the entire Cambridge Analytica incident, and subsequently design a cybersecurity strategy for Facebook.

Well done and congratulations!

The finalist teams

CHAMPION: Cyber Sheep Consulting, University of Auckland

FIRST RUNNER UP: Orca, Monash University Malaysia

SECOND RUNNER UP: Lockdown, Monash University Australia

Game Changers, University of Hong Kong

BirdCage, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Shark Eye, Chinese University of Hong Kong

“Firewall & Chill”, Yonsei University

Halcyon, National University of Singapore

Antivirus, National University of Singapore