International Ethical Hacking Bootcamp in Vienna

From June 6-8, 2023, more than 70 exceptional trainees from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia joined the International Ethical Hacking Bootcamp, organized by Cyber Security Austria and the TU Wien Cybersecurity Center. Since last year, when Europe’s Hacker Championship ECSC 2022 has put Vienna in the spotlight, it is on its way to becoming one of Europe’s leading capitals for cybersecurity, with tailored education, training and research.


For three days, the teams delved into specific security terrains to prepare for the ECSC 2023 in Norway – including Windows Security (Patrick Pirker), Web Security (Marco Squarcina), AV/EDR Security (Benni Král), Krypto (Nastja Cepak), and Hardware Hacking (Thomas Weber). But no boot camp would be complete without a fight: The teams mixed to participate in a challenging Capture the Flag (CTF) competition.

“With these initiatives, we want to get students interested in ethical hacking and cybersecurity at an early age,” says Joe Pichlmayr, Chair of Cyber Security Austria, “not only to address the acute shortage of skilled experts in this field but to make Vienna the cybersecurity training capital of Europe.”

Marco Squarcina, Senior Scientist at the Security and Privacy Research Unit is excited for the new initative: “We are proud to connect talents across Europe and use our latest research findings to create innovative educational challenges for them!”