Security Challenge

Last update: February 6, 2023

Are you among the guardians of the modern IT galaxy? Find out in this fun event. In this competition, you will complete a computer security knowledge exam -- similar to what you will encounter on popular certification exams -- and the top 25 scorers will then go head-to-head against vexing security challenges.

Team Composition

The security challenge is an individual event.


Friday, March 31, 2023 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Skills and Resources

The qualifying round will consist of 50-70 multiple choice questions similar to questions found on popular certification exams, as well as questions that will relate to the CTF Finals Competition. In addition, participants should be knowledgeable with topics and tools such as those listed below. Please note this list is not exhaustive, and that not all of the following topics will necessarily be included in the qualifying exam or the CTF finals:

  • IP configuration and testing
  • Database Security Vulnerabilities
  • Web Server Vulnerabilities
  • Web Application Vulnerabilities
  • Social Engineering
  • Password Crackers
  • Penetration Testing Tools
  • Open Source Intelligence
  • Log Analysis
  • Network Traffic Analysis
  • Reconnaissance Techniques
  • Cryptography
  • Vulnerability Identification and Exploitation
  • High-level understanding of security regulations
  • Physical security/access control
  • Policy implementation in a Windows environment
  • Current business security regulations, U.S.A. laws involved with trans-border data flow (PCI, PATRIOT Act, etc.)


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