November 28, 2022

UAE Launches First CTF Cybersecurity Competition at GITEX 2022

UAE Launches First CTF Cybersecurity Competition at GITEX 2022

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recently been at the forefront of technological advancement. The country has furthered its technological drive by launching an annual cybersecurity competition to promote safe digital practices. The competition is tagged the Capture the Flag (CTF) competition. It is jointly organised by the UAE Cybersecurity Council, the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), and the UAE Department for Government Support. Notably, the competition’s first edition will be conducted at this year’s edition of GITEX.

Details on the Capture the Flag (CTF) Competition

The CTF competition will involve multiple cybersecurity challenges hinged on areas like forensics, cryptography, web exploitation, and reverse engineering. More importantly, hackers will be allowed to demonstrate their hacking skills by working on simulations of cybersecurity attacks. To qualify, participants must apply as either a team of three or five. The qualification round occurred earlier this month, and the top five teams will compete for the grand prize at GITEX 2022.

Notably, the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) will cover all travel and accommodation expenses. The finalists will only be required to utilise their tools during the competition. Cash prizes will be given to the first three teams, while the other two will receive participation prizes. The winning team is entitled to a cash prize of 35,000 AED (in addition to other prizes), the second position will walk away with 25,000 AED, and the third position will receive 15,000 AED.

Based on the scoreboard provided on the CTF’s official website, the top five teams are R3billions, Glhf, Deadsec, C4T But S4D, and From Tunisia with Love. These finalists will compete in multiple challenges at the GITEX conference from October 10 to October 14.

About GITEX 2022

GITEX is an annual trade show that provides a platform for innovative companies to showcase their products and solutions. Since the conference’s creation over forty years ago, it has maintained a long-standing reputation as a breeding ground for thought leadership, innovative discussions, and novel solutions. This year’s discussions will be centred around crucial topics like quantum computing, the metaverse, and sustainability in the tech industry. From companies’ perspective, GITEX functions as a viable platform connecting businesses to potential users and investors. Every year, GITEX attracts a global audience from over 170 countries. Reputable companies like Microsoft, Stripe, and MasterCard have attended and presented at the GITEX Global Event.

This year’s edition will hold for five days, from October 10 to October 14, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. To register for the event, visit GITEX’s official website. More importantly, the GITEX visitor pass gives access to seven other exclusive shows, including the X-Verse and Global DevSlam.

Given that the GITEX 2022 will feature the CTF competition’s debut, more cybersecurity discussions are expected to be spurred during the event. This outcome is highly likely, as Trellix has also announced plans to exhibit its XDR cybersecurity solution at the event.

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