In other November 6, 2012 news, more than 120 security enthusiasts participated in the first event in Symantec’s global Cyber Readiness Challenge series, held in Toronto, Canada. The interactive ‘capture the flag’ style competition is designed for all levels of technical expertise and puts participants in the role of a hacker seeking to infiltrate and exploit an organization.
"The experience is intended to help participants better understand the targets, technology tricks and thought processes of a cyber criminal -- with an ultimate goal of enabling them to be more effective in their work," said Clint Sand, senior director of Symantec’s Security Business Practice
In addition to being motivated by the challenge, there was the $2,500 (CAD) grand prize, won by Tim Alpin, who went by the name of “Dingo” during the challenge.
Sand kicked off Toronto's event with a keynote presentation highlighting research on the global cyber threat landscape.
“This is an industry where you are supposed to defend yourself against attacks that you can’t rehearse for,” Sand continued. “There’s no practice that you go to after school to attack other people in a safe and clean learning event – this is exactly what an event like the Cyber Readiness Challenges offers the IT security community.”
The event provided participants and onlookers with a rare opportunity to implement theoretical knowledge, while sharpening their skills, expanding their security awareness, and competing in an exciting challenge against their peers.
The Toronto challenge was the first in a series of Cyber Readiness events to be hosted by Symantec around the world. Upcoming events will be held in Barcelona, Spain; Irvine, California; Mountain View, California; Chicago, Illinois; and New York City, New York.
To learn more about the challenge, visit: http://www.symantec.com/theme.jsp?themeid=cyber-readiness-challenge.