Inter-Tertiary-Institute Capture the Flag (CTF) contest 2017

Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) announces the partnership with to launch Hong Kong’s first-of-its-kind ‘Inter-tertiary-institution Capture the Flag Contest (CTF) 2017’. Tertiary institute students in Hong Kong and Macau are invited to register online via from now on till 22 March 2017.

Registered students will receive intensive on-line training from March to June and online practice support. The contest will follow an ‘ethical hackathon’ format, requiring participants to compete in a 36-hour, non-stop on-line challenge in a range of topics including web-security, cryptography, secure coding and computer forensics etc. The contestants will progress through a qualifying round in early April followed by the final contest in mid-June in which three best teams will be awarded HK$50,000, 30,000 and 10,000 respectively.

CTF is a globally recognised popular platform modelled as a series of simulated cyber-attacks that emulate what happens in the real-life digital space. This exciting, competitive platform will gauge the students’ skills in managing information security and deterring cyber-attacks. It aims to boost the knowledge and expertise of the local talent pool and promote awareness of information security among the young generation in Hong Kong and Macau. A wide of range of cybersecurity skills are required to succeed in CTF, including operating system, secure programming, reverse engineering, computer forensics, system security administration and network analysis.

A rigorous on-line training for the contestants will be followed by a practice game meant to help identify skill-gaps and better prepare for the qualifying round. In the final contest, an exciting attack-defence model will be adopted – testing how teams work together and deploy their collective skills and knowledge to solve the challenges.

DateMarch 07, 2017 10:00 - March 22, 2017 17:00