The competition has two rounds. The first part is an online qualification in the form of a blue team capture-the-flag competition. The second part is a live finale that will see the best teams competing against each other. The battlefield is a simulated environment of a media house consisting of standard corporate tech, such as firewalls, VPN, Active Directory, Exchange or Office365, file servers, web servers, and workstations. There are also industry-specific elements such as content management system or personal mobile devices. Participants may come across various attack vectors ranging from standard server vulnerabilities and phishing emails to infection of journalists’ personal phones.

The qualification will take place for the whole week in October. The finale and winner announcement will be at the end of October. Each team can have up to 5 members, so assemble your colleagues and friends, come to learn something new about incident response, try to deal with real-world incidents using cyber forensics methods and tools, and let’s find out who will prove to be the best experts in the country.

The Mission

Despite the tremendously increasing number of cyber-attack reports, cybersecurity is still an underestimated and underfunded department in many companies. The mission of Guardians is to raise general awareness of cybercrime and its negative impact on all aspects of society.


The chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Therefore, we believe that continuous education of the general public and young, as well as seasoned security experts, is the most efficient way to increase the defense capabilities of the entire society.

By choosing this topic, we want to contribute to the protection of values that represent the society in which we all live, and the Freedom of the press is one of its pillars. Besides testing the preparedness of the Slovak and Czech incident response teams, the goal is to increase the defense capabilities of journalists themselves.

Support this endeavour by sending your team or join as a partner.

  • Test your incident response team’s preparedness and skills
  • Increase the trust in your brand by demonstrating your commitment to the cybersecurity
  • Build relationships and share industry experience with other participants and partners
  • Get media exposure and attract new cyber talents
  • Contribute to the safer business and public environment


Previous rounds

2020: “VACCINE RESEARCH” – with the world rushing to develop a vaccine, attackers were trying to hijack sensitive information and intellectual property.

2019: “PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION” – in the run-up to the presidential election in Slovakia, the scenario featured state-sponsored hackers targeting a presidential candidate’s staff to influence the elections.

2018: “HOSPITAL UNDER ATTACK” – a simulated attack in a hospital environment targeted patients’ health records, the hospital’s website, and smart-building technology.

2017: “NUCLEAR POWERPLANT DISASTER” – the simulation of an attack targeted the power generator of a nuclear power plant based on December 2015 events in Ukraine.

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