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Octava Defence Awarded the Winners of the First All-Ukrainian Competition for Students “Cyber Ninja”

The long-awaited final of the first all-Ukrainian competition for students “Cyber Ninja” took place on 24 November as part of the National Cybersecurity Month.

According to its results, three winners – Mykyta Telychko (12 years old), Mykyta Mudryi (16 years old) and Illia Dudiaka (18 years old) – became Octava Defence interns. In the second half of December, they will begin their internship with a review session on the specifics of different professional areas.

In general, students from all over Ukraine joined the competition; 706 works meeting the stated conditions were accepted and tested. Each age group had its requirements since children from 8 to 17 years old took part. During October, young participants submitted their works on cybersecurity in various categories: graphic poster, Scratch game, video, animation, web page and interactive infographics. Separate CTF (Capture the Flag) competitions were held with participants aged 10 and above trying their hands and demonstrating their skills in speed and ability to detect information security vulnerabilities and their operation. The CTF winners were the ones who were invited to join Octava Defence as interns.

A representative jury of over 40 experts, including Oleksii Sevonkin, BDM, and Maksym Lebedenko, Commercial Director at Octava Defence, guaranteed the objectivity of the results.

The competition was organised by the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kyiv Junior Academy of Sciences, Digital Development Academy, Security Expert Group, with the support of the National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine, Cyberpolice Department and business representatives.

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