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Slovakia places second at international CyberEx

State organisations and members of the private sector collaborated for the cyber-security competition.

Illustrative stock photo(Source: AP/TASR)

Slovakia placed second in an international cyber exercise called CyberEx 2017, which brought together 65 groups from around the world.

CyberEx, organised by the Spanish National Cyber Security Institute and the Organisation of American States, set a record for the number of participants, who came from 24 countries in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Slovakia was represented by a five-member team composed of experts from the National Security Bureau (NBU), the National Agency for Network and Electronic Services (NASES) and anti-virus software producer Eset, the spokesperson for NASES, Lucia Maková, told the TASR newswire on August 2.

“The results of the exercise have demonstrated that key state organisations involved in cyber-security, like NBU and NASES, can collaborate well with the private sector, showing top skills in global terms,” NASES general director Norbert Molnár said.

The exercise took place online within an eight-hour time limit. The teams had to complete 17 successive tasks, including analysing codes, binary files and cryptography. It was not possible to advance to the next task without first resolving the one at hand.

The Slovak team was one of three groups that resolved all 17 tasks.

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