Capture The Flag cyber challenge
You no longer have to wait until spring to play “capture the flag” like how the old British people had to. Just sit at your computer, get to work, and capture the flags. Rules of the modern CTF are different from the old version. There is no doubt that the modern one is more exciting. The Modern Capture the Flag is a type of information security competition. CTF field is where competitors can challenge themselves by aiming to solve various tasks. Computer participants who join the CTF competition try to capture the flags by solving computer security problems or defending computer systems. A CTF competition may take a few hours, a full day, or several days.
CTF events consist of a series of challenges that vary in their degree of difficulty, which requires participants to exercise different skillsets to solve the challenges. The first participant who solves an individual challenge successfully is the one who gives the flag. The owner of the flag can earn points by submitting their flag to the ‘capture the flag’ server. Participants can join the “CTF” competitions either individually, or as a group. The winner is the one who earns more points and achieves the highest score.
What exactly happens during the “CTF”?
There is no way better than playing a game to learn about a complex issue such as cybersecurity. Hackers not only test their skills during a competition, but they also earn new skills. This is what happens during all kinds of games. Players use their basic skills to unlock new skills, besides earning points. Modern “capture the flag” is exactly like the first-person shooter game mode, especially the attack-defense type.
How can you earn more points?
Simply by capturing as many flags as you can. The flag would be captured by solving an issue, gaining a snippet of code, or even a piece of hardware on a network. The exact definition of the flag can be explained when the organizer of competitions determines the type of the “Capture the Flag”.
The competition gets more exciting with an ongoing format but it can also be a single event. Either to be single or an ongoing event, organizers classify their competitions into three main categories that include:
- Mixed events
Jeopardy-Style capture the flag
Participants who join Jeopardy-style competitions have to solve complex tasks in a specific order. Each task has solo importance. They can be either independent of each other or be part of a bigger issue together. Each issue can have a particular difficulty level, or they may look alike in difficulty. The more difficult the task, the more points you can earn upon its successful completion. Ongoing online CTF competitions are most likely to be Jeopardy-style.
You can feel the essence of the old CTF game in the modern version of Attack-Defense. Participants of the Attack-Defense competition try to protect their host PC while attacking others. Before the main section of the competition kicks off, each participant has enough time to build a defensive wall around your PC host. The process of building a defensive wall includes patching and securing.
In other words, each participant has to find their own host vulnerabilities before attacking others. Teams receive points for staving off attacks from opposing teams and successfully infiltrating other teams. The team with the most points wins.
As you can guess, mixed events include challenges of both jeopardy and attack-defense type.
The cybersecurity universe is larger than what you can imagine. People rarely can dominate this world. Also, organizing a “capture the flag” that challenges include all the issues in the cyber world is impossible. Therefore, organizers classify challenges into different categories.
Web applications are kind of playing fields of the web CTFs. Participants have to search all over the field to find the vulnerabilities in web applications. Having enough knowledge about SQL Injection, XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) can be helpful to solve web challenges.
During forensic challenges, participants have to behave like a detective, who is trying to find a security gap among package data.
Challenges will be focused on decrypting encrypted strings.
There are also other categories of CTF competitions such as reverse engineering, exploitation, IoT, and miscellaneous. Solving each challenge needs specific skills. Sometimes it is enough to be familiar with security, then you would gain needed skills during the challenge.
What makes a capture the flag more exciting?
Basically, the competition gets more exciting when everyone has a chance to win. That gets possible when the one who holds the games create challenges in various areas of cybersecurity. Also, the competition should be held on a routine, so competitors can prepare themselves for each round. They would also know that if they lose round one, they can be back to capture at the second round. Challenges will be designed uniquely and it is not possible to find the answers by searching the Internet, so it would be a fair competition.
There should be something that motivates competitors
People always admire streamers who play games and make money at the same time. But, what if playing a game was enough for making money and there was no need to be a streamer. Actually, not all people would find a chance of being a streamer, but we all can play. Top hunters of CTF competition, would have the chance of being hired in crowdsourced cybersecurity platforms, where they can earn money for doing the exact thing they have done during the CTF.
SecureBug CTF Cyber Challenge Program
SecureBug public challenges are hands-on practical scenarios where talents can solve anytime to sharpen their skills in different cybersecurity fields.
Challenges are categorized by levels (Basic, Easy, Medium, Hard, Advanced) depending on the difficulty of the challenges.
Some companies try to set prizes as innovative as possible, just like how we did.
SecureBug gathers thousands of Hunters from every corner of the world to exhibit their skills in Securebug’s CTF and to live some excitement.
We will push the hunters to the limits while raising the excitement of the contest and build up a global ranking with us.
Our competition will include a number of ongoing Forensics challenges, and Web Security from basic to hard level in a Jeopardy Style. For every challenge solved, the team/Hunter will get a certain number of points depending on the difficulty of the challenge.
We would share the Top 3 Hunters’ profile in our Blog & LinkedIn, besides awarding hunters our internal currency “SB Coin”. Hunters’ SB Coin wallet impacts their Privilege and Ranking in the Platform based on the gamification method. The SecureBug awards top hunters of the platform, official certification as the “Best Hunter of Nordic”, and Handmade Status in the shape of TYR (God of War).
Also, TOP 3 Hunters will earn Equity in the company EVERY YEAR.