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Cyber Readiness Challenge

Cyber Readiness Challenge
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EMEA Cyber Readiness Challenge Finals – compete against the best.

Symantec is hosting the Cyber Readiness Challenge Finals (by invitation only) on the 8th of October at the Acropolis in Nice.

Sun Tzu once said, "Know both yourself and your enemy and you can win a hundred battles without jeopardy."

The Symantec Cyber Readiness Challenge is a competition designed for all levels of technical expertise that puts participants in the hacker's shoes to understand their targets, technology and thought processes so they can ultimately better protect their company or agency. This interactive 'capture the flag' style competition will take place at various locations around the globe and participants will have the opportunity to test their skills within a unique and real world environment developed by Symantec, the global leader in security.

  • Sharpen your security skills
  • Expand your security awareness
  • Implement theoretical knowledge
  • Compete against your peers

Bringing together some of the world's leading experts in IT security, this innovative competition will offer a keynote presentation on the current security landscape by renowned security experts and provides a fantastic environment for networking and knowledge sharing.

Compete against the best of your peers to investigate a security breach and win the EMEA championship.

Register today to guarantee your place!


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Rules of Conduct

  1. Participants are expected to behave professionally at all times.
  2. Participants will not tamper with, modify, or attempt to manipulate any element of the competition including scoring and management systems.
  3. Denial of Service (DOS) attacks are not allowed.
  4. Participants will not reboot, shutdown, or intentionally disable the services or functions of the target systems.
  5. Participants will not conduct any offensive actions that scan, attack, or interfere with another participant’s system.
  6. Participants will not enter another participant’s workspace, nor attempt to deceive, hoax, or assist other participants by any means.
  7. Participants must compete without “outside assistance” from non-participants.
  8. Participants may not publicly disclose information about the competition or targets including flags or their means of obtaining them without the express written consent of Symantec.
  9. Participants understand that violation of this code of conduct or of these rules is grounds for their immediate dismissal and disqualification from the competition, as well as removal from the competition area.

Internet Usage

  1. Internet access may or may not be provided.
  2. Internet resources such as company websites, FAQs, and existing forum responses may be used during competition provided there are no fees, membership, or special access required. Only resources that could reasonably be available to all participants are permitted.
  3. All network activity that takes place on the competition network may be logged and subject to release.

Permitted Materials

  1. Participants may not connect more than one (1) laptop or notebook computer to the competition network unless specifically authorized to do so. Virtual machines may be used as long as only one (1) IP address is in use.
  2. Memory sticks, flash drives, removable drives, CD/DVDROMs, electronic media, or other similar electronic devices are not allowed unless specifically authorized.
  3. Printed reference materials (books, magazines, checklists, etc.) are permitted.
  4. All competition materials, including equipment, handouts, and participant-generated reports and documents, must remain in the competition area unless specifically authorized. Only materials brought into the competition area may be removed after the competition concludes.

Questions and Disputes

  1. Participants should work with the competition staff to resolve any questions regarding the rules of the competition or scoring methods before the competition begins.
  2. SShould any question arise about scoring, the scoring engine, or how they function, participants should immediately contact the competition staff.
  3. Protests must be presented in writing to the competition staff as soon as possible. The competition officials will be the final arbitrators for any protests or questions arising before, during, or after the competition. Rulings by the competition officials are final. All competition results are official and final as of the end of the competition.

Scoring

  1. Scoring will be based on completing tasks that will be provided throughout the competition. Participants accumulate points by successfully obtaining flags and entering them into the scoring system.
  2. Scores will be maintained by the competition officials and may be shared at the end of the competition. Running totals may be provided during the competition. Rankings for some portion of the top participants may be provided during the competition.
  3. Attacking or otherwise interfering with the scoring system is specifically prohibited.

Technical Requirements

1. Participants will provide their own laptop or notebook computer with the following minimum recommended requirements:

  • 1 Ghz Intel x86 compatible processor (2 Ghz with virtualization extensions recommended)
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 20 GB of free disk space
  • Operating system including Windows 2000 or later, OS X 10.4.11 or later, Linux 2.4.10/2.6.4 or later, and/or Backtrack 4 or later
  • Virtualization, if desired, including VMware Workstation or Player (for Windows or Linux), VMware Fusion (for OS X), or VirtualBox (multiple OS')
  • The latest version of Java

2. Participants will provide their own ethical hacking toolkit, such as Backtrack.

CYBER READINESS CHALLENGE 2013 FINALS

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN

1. DESCRIPTION

The Symantec Cyber Readiness Challenge Finals Event (the “Challenge”) is a competition for IT security enthusiasts. Enthusiasts put themselves in the shoes of hackers and compete within an assimilated real world data center environment provided by Symantec. Symantec presents a series of online challenges or tasks to Participants, whose mission is to protect targets or disrupt the status quo. The Challenge is designed to be fun and competitive for all technical skill levels and to help support global security awareness.

2. SPONSOR

The Challenge is sponsored by Symantec Limited, of Ballycoolin Business Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Ireland (the “Symantec”).

3. ELIGIBILITY – VOID WHERE PROHIBITED

The Challenge is open only to persons invited to attend and participate in the Challenge event, in Nice, France on October 8, 2013. Participation in the Challenge is independent of any purchase of Symantec’s products. Registrants from governmental bodies, vendors, employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives, and immediate family and household members of Symantec and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, and agencies are not eligible to participate. Participants must be of age of majority in their country of origin and have permission of their duly authorized representative of their employer (if applicable) to enter the competition.

4. HOW TO ENTER – PRIZES

No purchase necessary to enter the Challenge, and no entrance or participation fee applies, but prior online registration is required to participate in the Challenge. Participants must register online at least 72 hours in advance of Participants’ attendance of the Challenge.
The Challenge will run from 13:30 to 17:30 on October 8, 2013 (the “Challenge Period”).

The Cyber Readiness Competition Rules provided at http://www.symantec.com/en/uk/page.jsp?id=cyber-readiness-challenge, govern the Challenge and are incorporated herein by reference and supplement these Official Rules. Any inconsistency between the rules, these Official Rules govern.

During the Challenge, Participants must use their own laptops or notebook computers for participation in the Challenge. The following minimum system requirements are recommended for the Challenge:

  1. 1 Ghz Intel x86 compatible processor (2 Ghz with virtualization extensions recommended) )
  2. 2 GB of RAM
  3. 20 GB of free disk spac
  4. Windows 2000 or later, OS X 10.4.11 or later, Linux 2.4.10/2.6.4 or later, BackTrack 4 or later

The Symantec will provide an assimilated real world data center environment within which Participants can participate and compete in the Challenge. The Challenge consists of a series of IT security related challenges or tasks based on a difficulty level according to low, medium, and high. Low tasks are less difficult than medium tasks, which are both less difficult than high tasks. Participants who complete a task will have captured an online “flag,” and thereby be awarded the following points based on the difficulty level of such task successfully completed by the Participant:

LEVEL POINTS
High 350 points
Medium 200 points
Low 100 points

Points are awarded based on completing each IT security task and are accumulative during the Challenge. The top three (3) Participants with the highest number of total points at the end of the Challenge are eligible to win the following grand prizes:

Top 3 Winners Grand Prizes
1st place with total highest points GoPro Camera Black Edition
2nd place with the next total highest points Microsoft Surface RT 32GB
3rd place with the next total highest points Screaming Pineapple Drone


5. WINNERS

During the Challenge, potential winners are determined based on the criteria and scoring of points outlined above. Symantec’s clock is the sole official timekeeper. Winners must be present to win.

Cash alternatives will not be given in lieu of a prize. No prize substitution is allowed except at the discretion of Symantec. Any problems with the functionality of the prize are subject to the manufacturer's guarantee which is either detailed in the product documentation of the prize or which can be ordered from the manufacturer directly. The winner is responsible to follow all instructions and in case of a guarantee to comply with all regulations to register and raise his claim. To the extent permissible by law, Symantec excludes any representation or warranty, explicit or implicit, as well as any liability in respect to the prize(s) except for damage that is proven to be caused by shipment or processing by Symantec. Details of the winner will be available on written application to Symantec and by entering the competition entrants agree that, in the event of winning a prize, Symantec may use their name in publicity free of charge. Any tax, social contributions or incidental expenses arising from the award of a prize shall be the sole responsibility of the relevant winner. Symantec reserves its right to change, cancel or postpone this prize draw at any time without prior notice. [Under no circumstances shall Symantec be liable for any Internet malfunctions that may prevent the Participant’s participation in the Challenge as planned. Moreover, Symantec shall accept no liability in the event Participants have made errors or mistakes when registering or participating in the prize draw.


6. DATA PRIVACY

By participating in the Challenge, Participant agrees that, in the event of winning a prize, Symantec may use their name on a worldwide, nonexclusive, fully sub-licensable basis, in publicity (in any media) free of charge. Further, by participating in the Challenge, Participant hereby consents to Symantec using Participant’s contact information to (i) verify Participant’s eligibility to Participant in the Promotion; and (ii) provide Participant further information about Symantec products and services (e.g. Symantec may use Participant’s contact detail to provide promotional material related to Symantec products and services). In doing so, Symantec may transfer Participant’s contact data to the following categories of recipients acting on behalf of Symantec for the above purposes. These recipients may be located in countries that have a lower level of data protection than that provided for in EEA countries and Switzerland.

  1. Affiliates of the Symantec group in Participant’s country, in the rest of the EEA and in the US, which may contact Participant to inquire about Participant’s interest in Symantec products and services;
  2. Marketing agencies in Participant’s country, in the EEA, in Switzerland and in the US, which may contact Participant on behalf of Symantec to follow up about Participant’s interest in Symantec products or services;
  3. Resellers of Symantec products and services in Participant’s country, in the EEA and in the US for the purpose of inquiring about Participant’s interest in Symantec products and services.
  4. Subcontractors and fulfillment partners acting on behalf of Symantec.

Symantec, Symantec affiliates in the EEA and in the US, resellers in the EEA and in the US, may contact Participant by email, SMS, MMS and other electronic means. These recipients are only permitted to use Participant’s data for the services or function for which they have been engaged, and in accordance with the applicable law. By supplying Symantec with its data Participant confirms it does not consider use of such data in accordance with this Privacy Notice to be a breach of any of Participant’s rights under any applicable law or regulation and Participant give its consent to the terms stated above.

For further details on Symantec’s privacy policy, please see http://www.symantec.com/en/uk/about/profile/policies/privacy.jsp. By participating in the Challenge, Participant agrees to permit Symantec and its affiliates to use the information provided for the purpose set out herein and Participant agrees to the terms of the privacy policy and terms of the Challenge set out herein.


7. RELEASE

By entering the Challenge, Participant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions, and all applicable laws.

AS AN PARTICIPANT IN THE CHALLENGE, YOU AGREE THAT THE SPONSOR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AGENTS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, AND ASSIGNS (THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) (A) SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY LOSSES, DAMAGES, OR INJURIES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE, INCLUDING ACCESS TO AND USE OF SPONSOR’S DATA CENTER, SYSTEM, SOFTWARE, WEBSITE, OR ANY OTHER CHALLENGE-RELATED ELEMENT OR ACTIVITY, OR FROM YOUR ACCEPTANCE, RECEIPT, POSSESSION AND/OR USE OR MISUSE OF THE PRIZE(S), AND (B) WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, ALL ELEMENTS OF THE CHALLENGE ARE PROVIDED AS IS AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION, OR GUARANTEE EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, WITH RESPECT TO THE CHALLENGE OR PRIZES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO MERCHANTABILITY, QUALITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

By entering the Challenge, each Participate agrees: (i) to be bound by the Official Rules and by all applicable laws and decisions of Sponsor which shall be binding and final; (ii) to waive any rights to claim ambiguity with respect to the Official Rules; (iii) to waive all of his or her rights to bring any claim, action, or proceeding against Released Parties in connection with the Challenge; and (iv) to forever and irrevocably agree to release, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Released Parties from any and all claims, lawsuits, judgments, causes of action, proceedings, demands, fines, penalties, liability costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable outside attorneys’ fees) for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from: (a) the Challenge, including but not limited to any Challenge-related activity or element thereof, and the Participant’s entry, participation, or inability to participate in the Challenge, and (b) the violation of any third party privacy, personal, publicity, or proprietary rights.


8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

The Released Parties assume no responsibility for any damage to your computer system, laptop, or notebook, which is occasioned by accessing the Challenge data center, software, system, and/or Website or participating in the Challenge, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software, or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Symantec is not responsible for lost, interrupted, inaccessible, or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone, or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information. Symantec reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or the Challenge Website or system, to be acting in violation of the Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge, or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other Participant or Symantec, and Symantec reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.


9. INDEMNITY

By participating in the Challenge, Participant agrees to release and hold harmless Symantec from any and all losses, damages and rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Challenge, or resulting from acceptance, possession or use of any benefits resulting from the Challenge. Symantec shall not be liable to Participant for any damages arising from the performance of or breach of any of these Terms and Conditions, even if notice is provided of the possibility of the same.


10. FORCE MAJEURE

In the event Symantec is prevented from awarding prize(s) or continuing with the Challenge as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, computer or system failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal, state, or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis (e.g. SARS), order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Symantec’s direct control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), then subject to any governmental approval which may be required, Symantec shall have the sole right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Challenge. If the Challenge is terminated for Force Majeure before the designated end date or time, Symantec may, if possible, select the winner(s) from the eligible, non-suspect Participants prior to such termination, modification, or suspension.


11. SEVERABILITY

The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of the Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.


12. CHOICE OF LAW

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by, and interpreted according to English law, exclusive of any provisions of the United Nations 1980 Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods including any amendments thereto, and without regard to principles of conflicts of law, and the parties agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts. If a court of law finds any provision of these Terms and Conditions unenforceable, the parties agree to replace the offending provision with an enforceable provision that most nearly achieves the intent and economic effect of the unenforceable provision.

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