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All set for fourth computer hacking competition in August

File photo of ‘Cyber Battle: Capture The Flag’ last year

BY Danial Norjidi

THE computer hacking competition ‘Cyber battle: Capture The Flag’ will take place early next month.

According to a press release, this marks the fourth edition of the annual competition, which is the brainchild of local IT security firm IT Protective Security Services Sdn Bhd (ITPSS), which has seen a steady increase in participation over the years, with 26 teams competing last year.


‘Cyber Battle: Capture The Flag’ is open to anyone residing in Brunei Darussalam, but they must join the competition as a team of two or three members.

Participants will be presented with challenges in cryptography, exploitation, digital forensics, packet analysis and web-based attacks, and will race against time to solve each challenge to obtain a secret key known as a ‘flag’.

The flag is then submitted to a dedicated score server and the team is awarded points for each verified flag. The team with the highest points will win the competition.

The online qualifying round will be held on July 29, and the top 10 teams will move on to the finals on August 4 at Wafa Hotel & Apartment, Annajat Complex.

The final round will be a full day event where the hackers will get to compete and face their opponents in person.

Cash prizes of BND3,000, BND2,000 and BND1,000 await the top three teams. To join, visit www.itpss.com/cyberbattle2018 and register a team by July 23.

ITPSS will also host a series of free public presentations by local security experts and tech professionals on August 4 to complement the competition this year.

The talks will cover a range of topics, including digital forensics, phishing, virtual reality, augmented reality and basic coding. Visit www.itpss.com/cyberbattle2018talks and register by July 31.

With 15 years of experience in the industry, in addition to its role as Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT), ITPSS has emphasised the urgency of creating awareness on the importance of information security and Internet safety.

According to CEO of ITPSS Shamsul Bahri bin Haji Kamis, “There is a growing need for cybersecurity specialists in Brunei Darussalam, and globally. The Cyber Battle competition and series of talks aim to inspire our youth to pursue careers in IT in general and particularly in field of cybersecurity.

“Areas of expertise in this field include cryptography, security architecture, incident response, vulnerability assessment, digital forensics and security audit,” he added. “There are many pathways to working in cybersecurity.”

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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