Kuala Lumpur, 17 December 2019: Two teams from Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) brought pride to our nation and the university as they emerged as the top 2 award winners of the Regional Cyber Challenge 2019.
The Regional Cyber Challenge 2019, organized by the Silensec and Cyber8Lab Pty. Ltd., Australia, was held in conjunction with the annual Australian Information Security Association (AISA) Perth Conference.

A total of 12 teams from 9 countries took part in the virtual competition, which took place over 5 hours. All teams had to make use of their Incident Response skills to detect, respond and recover from cyber-attacks towards the virtual infrastructure. All teams went through the challenges of overcoming security vulnerabilities throughout the duration of their competition, where their technical skills and mental durability were both tested immensely.

Team Shellhound and team Et3rnal emerged as the top 2 scorers who successfully secured most of their virtual infrastructures from cyber-attacks launched over the 5 hours. They emerged as the Champion and 1 st Runner Up teams respectively. Team Shellhound comprised of Imran Esack Dawoodjee, Sritaran Doraisamy and Mohin Paramasivam whereas Team Et3rnal was made up of Hains Jojo, Reza Ahmad Nugroho and Farzan Mohammed. All of them are under the Cyber Security, Information Systems Security and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) programmes at APU.

“The RCC2019 was a competition that was challenging, intriguing as we stretched our learning abilities to the maximum. The real-life nature of the competition pushed us over the limits and it was a great learning experience for all of us. I’m glad that we succeeded
as the top team at this competition!” expressed Dawoodjee, the team captain of Team Shellhound.

A prize giving ceremony took place in APU’s campus located in Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil. Daisy Sinclair, Founder of Cyber8Lab Pty Ltd., Australia, attended the ceremony to celebrate the success of the teams. At her congratulatory speech, she
described the competition as a “complex and intense one, with challenging analytical questions and tasks waiting for participants to complete”. “Teams Shellhound and Et3rnal have demonstrated impressive skills that brought them to the top,” said Sinclair.

“Over the past 1 year, we have taken our CyberSecurity agenda to the next level. We are appreciative of the academicians who are passionate and dedicated, as well as the students who have done so well at this challenge. This is certainly a valuable experience for our Cyber Security students in becoming more marketable,” said Prof. Dr. Ir. Vinesh Thiruchelvam, Deputy Vice Chancellor cum Chief Innovation Officer of APU.

Teams Shellhound and Et3rnal received their awards from Daisy Sinclair, Founder of Cyber8Labs Pty Ltd., Australia (fifth from left), who was the organizer of the Regional Cyber Challenge (RCC) 2019 that took place in Perth, Australia.