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Dallas Dives into the Symantec Cyber Readiness Challenge

Created: 04 Feb 2013 • Updated: 04 Feb 2013
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Symantec is sponsoring a series of Cyber Readiness Challenge events to help organizations better understand cybercriminals, and improve businesses’ ability to defend against today’s threats. Symantec has hosted games in Toronto and Irvine, California, and on January 29, 2013, we brought the challenge to Dallas where underneath the Apollo 7 spacecraft and a Sopwith "pup" more than 100 people gathered to play and watch the competition unfold at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. The Symantec Cyber Readiness Challenge is a technical competition that pits users against each other, according to level of technical ability, in a capture-the-flag style environment, to perform a series of tasks attacking and defending simulated data centers.

Before launching the game, Kevin Haley, director of Symantec Security Response, gave a keynote address on today’s constantly evolving cyber threat landscape. Haley discussed the advanced nature of today’s targeted attacks and walked the audience through a theoretical attack scenario using characters from the popular book and HBO series, Game of Thrones.

Dallas technology enthusiasts competed for accolades as well as prizes. The winner was Justin Wray using the player handle “Synister_Syntax.” However, Wray wasn’t the only victor; Symantec raffled off two big screen TVs and additional participants won $4,250 in Visa gift cards along with other prizes.

“This contest is about more than white hats demonstrating the strength of their skills,” said Haley. “We want people to test how well their cyber threat acumen stacks up against their peers which, in turn, helps them learn where they may need to focus their efforts for improvement.”

Symantec partner Accuvant was also on site to talk about information security and the current cyber threat landscape.

Additional Cyber Readiness Challenge exercises are scheduled in the coming weeks, to take place in Chicago, Minneapolis and Mountain View, California.