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Ryerson accelerator and RBC to launch cybersecurity contest for Canadian high schools

The DMZ at Toronto's Ryerson University (an accelerator for high-tech start-up firms) and the Royal Bank of Canada, have jointly launched a student competition that focuses on cybersecurity skills.

The competition, CanHack, encourages Canadian high school students to use a combination of techniques, such as hacking, decryption and reverse engineering to problem-solve their way through more than 60 challenges.

According to the CanHack website, the challenges are divided into four levels of increasing difficulty.

    •    Level One: Designed to challenge students’ critical thinking skills.
    •    Level Two: Designed to challenge students through introductory computer programming.
    •    Level Three: Designed to challenge students with a strong background in computer programming.
    •    Level Four: A diverse set of problems across all categories, ranging from difficult to professional. 

Contestants must be currently enrolled at a Canadian high school. They can compete individually or in teams of up to five (not necessarily all students at the same school). An adult supervisor or teacher must register each student or group and prizes of up to $2,000 will be awarded to winners.


There is no fee to enter and the competition is now accepting applications for a Sept. 28 launch date. For more information, visit the CanHack website.