CBA Cyber Security Challenge

Building a safe and resilient digital world

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The Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) and some of its largest member
banks are calling on you to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing cyber security professionals in the banking industry.


We’re challenging you to develop ideas and solutions to improve cyber security and resiliency.

(you don’t need a technical background to participate!)




Our Mission

Keeping Canadians cyber safe is key as digital adoption increases. The majority of Canadians are using digital channels – online and mobile – to conduct most of their banking transactions. At the same time, as cyber criminals become more sophisticated in their attempts to steal personal and financial information, some Canadians may be hesitant to fully adopt digital banking due to cyber security concerns.


How can the banking industry address these concerns and encourage greater adoption of digital channels?

Eligible Participants

The best part is, you don’t need a technical background to participate!

The next generation of cyber security talent will be diverse and draw from a wide range of skills, so you don’t need to study computer science to participate.

Students enrolled in a university or college in Canada can take part in this challenge, as well as alumni who graduated within the last two years from a Canadian university or college.
We will provide informational documents and hold webinars to give you all the tools you need to succeed in the CBA Cyber Security Challenge.
This is a unique opportunity to gain professional experience, learn new skills, grow your professional network and help you build your career!


*Conditions apply. See Challenge rules for details.

Choose a Category 

Your goal is to enhance cyber security in the categories outlined below.


You can submit your idea to one or several categories.



Mobile Security

Strengthening the security of mobile devices


Network Security

Protecting the network and network-accessible resources from unauthorized access

Web Security

Improving data and cloud security to secure sensitive data



You will have the opportunity to build a network that includes industry professionals from Canada’s largest banks.

All finalists will be invited to participate in a two-day final event in Toronto to pitch their project in front of an expert jury and a chance to win up to $2,000.

  • 1st
  • 2nd
  • 3rd


As the first prize winner, you will be rewarded a cash price of $2,000 CAD



As the second prize winner, you will be rewarded a Console / VR Headset + $500 cash.



As the third prize winner, you will be rewarded a gift card valued at $500.


All final participants will receive bank brand swag

Final event  CANCELED

The final two-day event will take place in Toronto in May 2020.

CBA Cyber Security Challenge finalists will get the chance to present their innovative ideas and solutions in front of an expert jury comprised of professionals from the participating banks and the CBA.