In the online world, no level of insulation can make you completely 'covered'. Around the world, cybersecurity is an increasingly important concern for everyone. The average time required for an organisation to discover a 'compromise' in their systems is five months – according to a 2016 research from a US-listed cybersecurity organisation. The total number of reported malware is over 600 million with around 8% of mobile users reporting unauthorised infiltrations. With the growing number and constantly evolving nature of cyber-attacks, online threats are hard to avoid. How to respond swiftly to these attacks is a critical question that enterprises should ask and ponder. The need to engage cybersecurity experts is a bigger priority now than ever before.
'Inter-Tertiary-Institute Capture the Flag (CTF) Contest 2017' is a competitive platform for undergraduates from tertiary education institutes in both Hong Kong and Macau to showcase their knowledge about cybersecurity and their skills to protect against these attacks. It aims to boost the interests and knowledge of the local talent pool - seeking to promote information security awareness among the youth.
CTF is an already established and well-recognised platform for testing relevant skills and expertise in the field of cybersecurity. The contest presents a series of simulated real-world cyber-attacks. To succeed in CTF, contestants must demonstrate deep understanding and refined knowledge in operating systems, secure programming, reverse engineering, computer forensics, system security administration and network analysis.