Ever wondered if you have the aptitude for a career in Cybersecurity? Would you like to challenge yourself in avoiding cyber security attacks and learn essential tips? The upcoming free online Capture The Flag Cybersecurity (CTF) Training Events from Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet and Cyber Ireland is ideal for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in Cybersecurity.
Capture The Flag Cybersecurity (CTF) Events
CTF events offer a unique, fun and engaging way to learn cybersecurity concepts and gain new skills. Regardless of your background or skillset, CTFs are suitable for all ability levels. If you know how to open a web browser then you’re ready to take part in your first CTF event. If you enjoy solving puzzles, want to learn a little about cyber security or just want to challenge yourself, now is time to take part in these events. The first CTF event took place two week’s ago (Wednesday 29th of April) and will take place fortnightly every Wednesday.
CTF events offer a unique, fun and engaging way to learn cybersecurity concepts and gain new skills. Regardless of your background or skillset, CTFs really are suitable for all ability levels. If you know how to open a web browser then you’re ready to take part in your first CTF event. So, if you enjoy solving puzzles, want to learn a little about cyber security or just want to challenge yourself, then these events are for you.
What exactly is a CTF? During a CTF (Capture the Flag) event, participants compete in teams to try to complete various challenges. In these challenges, the participants are usually asked to find a specific piece of text that may be hidden in some file, picture or on a webpage. This text is called the flag, hence the name! Competitors try to complete as many challenges as they can; completing a challenge earns you a flag which scores you points. The competitor with the most points at the end of the day is the winner. Instructors are always available to offer more help and nudge you in the right direction if you get stuck.
Who is it for?
CTFs are available to everyone. Many challenges do not require technical or security knowledge and are simply a matter of problem solving and creative thinking. CTF events vary hugely in difficulty. For all events they offer two tracks running concurrently to cater for all abilities and skills levels. The key element being, you don’t need any technical skills or a background in security to participate in and enjoy the events. At the time of registration you will be asked to choose which track suits you best:
- Non-Technical: Suitable for all levels, especially those who don’t consider themselves to have any technical IT background or skillset. These challenges will show you how easy it is for hackers to perform some of the more common attacks. Most of these challenges can be solved with just a web browser.
- Technical: If you come from a technical background, then this is the track for you. You don’t need to have any security background. This track is particularly suited for those who consider themselves elite hackers or experienced developers, system administrators or network administrators etc.