High School IT-Adventures Cyber Defense Competition

April 29, 2008

A few weeks ago I wrote about participating in Cyber Defense Competitions as a Red Team member. This weekend I had the opportunity to do so again. This time with a bunch of High School students.High School

This weekend was the annual IT Olympics event that is put on by Iowa State. The event is an opportunity for the High School students who participate in the IT-Adventures program to get together and compete. There are three competitions:

  1. Robotics
  2. Game Design
  3. Cyber Defense Competition

While the robotics and game design competitions were very interesting, I was there for the CDC.  The Red Team didn’t actually get to start attacking until Saturday morning, so I volunteered to show up on Friday and help the students with anything they might need during the setup period.  These kids are amazing.

Twenty-fourish teams showed up and we had about 20 Red Team members. In my previous post I mentioned three ways in which you can provide value to the students when participating in this type of event:

  1. Keep good notes
  2. Write down remedies
  3. Attend the debrief

I am happy to say that we accomplished all three goals.  Probably the best decision made was to setup a Wiki with pages for each team where we could all keep notes as the contest progressed.  These notes then became the outline for our talks with the teams in the debrief.

If you have never had the opportunity to work with kids that are interested in IT, I highly recommend you find a way to do so.  It is truly a rewarding experience.



Interesting Bits – April 29th, 2008

April 29, 2008

Good morning. Another busy day in the blogosphere. We have another good batch of interesting missives today.

Risk and Understanding All the Variables « Neohapsis Labs

spylogic.net – New versions of fgdump and pwdump released

Risk Management and Car Talk | securosis.com

iPhone Security Tip: Never Memorize Wireless Networks | securosis.com

Robert Penz Blog » Plausibility checks

Gin, Television, and Social Surplus – Here Comes Everybody

P2P Security Study Released – Realtime IT Compliance

TippingPoint | DVLabs | Owning Kraken Zombies, a Detailed Dissection

Napera Networks » 1st Pacific Rim Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Hack in the Box: Dubai | Infosec Events

Black Hat Europe 2008 | Infosec Events

Random Thoughts from Joel’s World: Focus

PDF, Let Me Count the Ways… « Didier Stevens

Security Thoughts: Security Catalyst Forums

Service Level Automation in the Datacenter: Yahoo goes Social with Paas Offering

Security x.0 – 2FA is dead

Coding Horror: Programmers

Don’t Read Books — But You Should

Intentional Security Blindness | BlogInfoSec.com

Yup, a bunch of stuff. Happy reading and have a great day!