Applications are now open for the 2013 edition of the annual Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA), which is set to take place on May 7.
Students from all across the country with an aptitude for digital security and vulnerability management have been invited to enter the contest.
Applicants will be grouped into teams of four and will have 24 hours to showcase their cyber security skills, and compete for a chance to travel to the 2013 Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas.
According to deputy secretary for broadband, communications and the digital economy Abul Rizvi, each team will act as expert security consultants, providing a security audit of sorts for a fictitious business called Synergised Cloud Solutions.
Mr Rizvi says that competitions such as CySCA are an important part of developing the next generation of skilled ICT workers and ensuring that Australia's digital landscape remains secure for years to come.
"Students involved in the inaugural Challenge last year agreed it was a fun and educational event. I encourage all ICT undergraduates across Australia to take part in this exciting competition," said Mr Rizvi in a statement released March 7.