About the Challenge
The Ministry of Home Affairs and Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium are co-organising the inaugural The Cyber Investigators’ Challenge, a Capture-the-Flag (CTF) event, held in conjunction with RSA Conference 2019 Asia Pacific & Japan.
In a connected world, digital devices and services have become an integral part of our everyday lives. At the same time, such devices and services are also increasingly exploited by criminals for cyber-related and cyber-enabled crimes. To address these challenges, there is an urgent need for a new breed of cybersecurity analysts and investigators who understand new security vulnerabilities and develop ways to secure new devices and services in the digital realm.
Participants, in teams of two, will attempt to outwit the “criminals” by solving cases in a variety of real-life scenarios, across different platforms from computers to IoT devices and unmanned platforms. Participants will have to race against time and their peers to uncover evidence to close the investigations.
The top three teams will receive the following attractive prizes:
1st Prize: S$5,000 + fully sponsored trip for 2 participants to RSA Conference 2020 in San Francisco
2nd Prize: S$3,000
3rd Prize: S$2,000
Form a team of two members and submit your application now. Each team member is required to enter your team name and complete the registration form individually. Shortlisted teams will be notified at a later date.
Registration will close on 21 June 2019. There is no cost to register.
This event is open to all students from the Institutes of Technical Education (ITE), Junior Colleges (JC), Polytechnics and Universities in Singapore.
For leisure observers, you may register a Free Visitor Pass or purchase a Discounted Conference Pass via this LINK.
For registration or enquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Drop us a mail at email@example.com if you have more questions.
1. Is having a programming background required to participate?
It is unlikely that participants will need to create programs from scratch. However, scripting is highly advantageous. Languages such as python will be useful.
2. Can a part-time student participate?
3. I am currently on internships with another Ministry/Statutory Board. Am I able to participate in this challenge organised by MHA? Will there be any conflict of interest?
This event is co-organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium (SGCSC), in conjunction with RSA. Employees from MHA, SGCSC, RSA, RSAC, EMC and Dell will not be able to participate in the Challenge. Please check with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure.
4. Can team members be from different institutions? Or must they be from the same institution?
Team members can be from different institutions.
5. Is there a limit to the number of teams sent by the school?
There is no limit to the number teams sent.
6. The registration form requires me to fill in a MAC address. Is this referring to personal devices? What is the purpose of having to submit the MAC address?
We will need the MAC addresses of the devices that you are using for the Challenge. This address should be the one for WIFI connection. The purpose of needing it is to create a whitelist (access list) of authorised devices during the Challenge.
7. Can I do the Challenge on my own?
No. You will need to form a team of 2 to participate
8. Are there any prerequisites to participate?
9. What are some recommended skills or knowledge to have in order to have a chance to be top 3?
Understanding of file systems, network traffic, use of tools like wireshark or equivalent, knowledge of scripting such as python, cryptography, IoT protocols are some of things that could help.
10. Will participants be taught during the Challenge?
Participants will need to do your own research and learning through platforms such as the internet.
11. Can each institution send more than 2 teams? Or should all the participants from the school be divided into 2 teams?
Each school can send more than 2 teams. The team members will receive an email to confirm their participation. Each individual member of the team needs to go online and register.
12. What is the maximum number of members for each team?
Each team should consist of 2 participants.