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Trend Micro to host 3rd annual Capture the Flag competition

Trend Micro to host 3rd annual Capture the Flag competition

Cybersecurity solutions firm announced it will host Trend Micro CTF 2017 – Raimund Genes Cup, the third annual Capture the Flag (CTF) cybersecurity competition.

Trend Micro CTF targets young professionals in the cybersecurity industry to enhance their practical skills in areas such as cybercrimes, targeted attacks, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

“Our goal is to support and strengthen the skillset of professionals entering the industry to better prepare and protect against today’s most pressing threats,” said Eva Chen, chief executive officer for Trend Micro. “To accomplish our mission of making the digital world safer for everyone, we must support engineers in developing and stretching their cybersecurity knowledge in these specific, relevant areas.”

The competition comprises an online qualifying event and finals held in Tokyo, Japan. The online qualifier is in a “Jeopardy” format, challenging players to solve challenges in various categories, such as SCADA, IoT and targeted attacks.

The top ten teams from the online qualifier will advance to compete in the final, which will be played with a combination of “attack and defense” and Jeopardy formats. The final winning team will be awarded JPY 1,000,000 (approximately US$8,700), Zero Day Initiative Rewards Program points, and automatic qualification for HITCON CTF 2017 Final to be held in Taipei, Taiwan.

Trend Micro CTF 2017 – Raimund Genes Cup – Online Qualifier
• Dates: June 24-25, 2017 (Game starts at 12:00 a.m. ET, June 24, 2017)
• Requirements: Participants must be at least 20 years old
• Format: Jeopardy
• Venue: Online
• Team registration: May 23-June 25, 2017
Trend Micro CTF 2017 – Raimund Genes Cup – The Final
• Dates: November 11-12, 2017 (JST)
• Requirements: The top ten teams from the online event will qualify and receive travel support for attending the finals. Additionally, winners from Egypt National CTF will compete. Each team may have a maximum of four players.
• Format: A combination of Attack and Defense and Jeopardy
• Venue: BELLESALLE Nishi Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Prizes:
• First Place Team:
o JPY1,000,000 (approximately US$8,700) per team
o 15,000 Zero Day Initiative Rewards Program points per player (these points result in eligibility for benefits, including a one-time bonus of US$2,000)
o Automatic qualification for HITCON CTF 2017 Final to be held in Taipei, Taiwan
• Second Place Team:
o JPY300,000 (approximately US$2,600) per team
• Third Place Team:
o JPY200,000 (approximately US$1,700) per team

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