27 March 2017

The Strauss Center is thrilled to congratulate The University of Texas at Austin students Mohamed Al-Hendy (School of Law), Craig Gertsch (LBJ School), Zeyi Lin (Cockrell School of Engineering), and Alex Shahrestani (School of Law) on winning second place in this year's "Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge," organized by the Atlantic Council from March 16-18 in Washington D.C. The Strauss Center was proud to sponsor the team's participation in the fifth annual competition on cyber policy.

The UT team competed against groups from across the country to develop policy recommendations responding to a fictional cybersecurity breach. Teams were judged on the caliber of their decision-making process and understanding of the implications of their recommendations on relevant civilian, military, law enforcement, and private sector entities.The students received feedback from stellar professionals in the field of cyber security, from former Obama administration staffers to high-ranking military personnel to private sector experts.

Zeyi Lin: "Coming from a more technical background (computer engineering) I learned a significant amount about how to synthesize a techincal concept for a busy policymaker. I am now interested in perhaps pursuing more of the intersection between law, technology, and international security."

Mohamed Al-Hendy: "The experience allowed me to get my feet wet in the world of Cybersecurity, and to make some great connections in DC. It was also my first moot court-type competition at UT [and it gave me] confidence that this is a career path [in which] I can potentially succeed." 

You can access additional photos of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge here.

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