What is a CTF?

Capture the flag (or "CTF") events help to build the fundamental knowledge necessary to become a successful computer security professional.

A cyber security CTF is a competition between security professionals and/or students learning about cyber security. This competition is used as a learning tool for everyone that is interested in cyber security and it can help sharpen the tools they have learned during their training.
The CUCTF team.

What is CUCTF?

CUCTF will be a jeopardy-style CTF hosted by CU Cyber in which teams are tasked with solving cyber security challenges in various categories such as digital forensics, binary exploitation, web vulnerability testing, reverse engineering, and cryptography. Teams will gain points for solving these tasks over the course of the competition and will be ranked accordingly. This event is a great way for students to learn about cyber security and test their skills in a fun and competitive way.

Educational Benefits of a CTF

A CTF can educate its participants in many areas:

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Teamwork is one of the most valuable skills to have. Developing the ability to work and coordinate with a group of people during earlier years undoubtably helps with a professional life later on.

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Participating in a CTF requires self-exploration and constructive problem solving. Learning to find answers to problems without dependence on an educator is crucial for many modern career paths.

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Throughout a CTF, the participants learn new tactics on approaching complex concepts like creating algorithms, performing cyber-forensics on various media, and penetration testing websites professionally.

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Creating a professional network is an important factor in success. Having people to ask questions, get resources, and collaborate with can be incredibly beneficial when looking ahead.

When and Where?

CUCTF 2020 will take place at 12:00pm (EDT), October 3rd, 2020. While normally hosted at Clemson University's Watt Family Innovation Center, this event will be hosted online. More information on competing remotely will be announced soon! Please fill out our interest form to be updated as announcements are made!

A picture of Clemson University's Watt Family Innovation Center, a large, modern building covered in glass.