The past decade has seen a proliferation of network security games euphemistically known as "Capture the Flag" exercises. The fun of participating in these exercises is well known to those who choose to play. These exercises expose participants to new challenges, offer them the chance to meet new people with similar interests, build "street cred" and increasingly, offer significant prizes. Perhaps most significantly, when done properly, these exercises offer a considerable opportunity to spark interest in the computer security field in the next generation of computing professionals. This talk will take a look at the challenges of using such exercises as training or evaluation opportunities and will consider how to improve our ability to do so.
Chris Eagle is a Senior Lecturer of Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA. A computer engineer/scientist for 28+ years, his research interests include computer network operations, forensics and reverse engineering. He has been a speaker at conferences such as Black Hat, Defcon, Infiltrate, and Shmoocon and is the author of "The IDA Pro Book", the definitive guide to IDA Pro. He is a multiple winner of the Defcon Capture the Flag Competition and was the organizer of that competition from 2009-2012. He is currently working with DARPA to build their Cyber Grand Challenge competition.
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