Information Security Challenge Slated for Saturday

April 01, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – SecureState and the University of Mount Union have come together to promote information security and computer science as a career by co-sponsoring the inaugural “High School Zombie Apocalypse: Capture the Flag (CTF) Information Security Challenge,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the University of Mount Union.

Participating high schools include Alliance, Twinsburg, Metro Early College High School and Hickory High School.

CTFs are a type of computer security competition during which certain pieces of information (called flags) are placed on servers, encrypted, hidden, or otherwise stored somewhere difficult to access. During the competition, different challenges are released which allow the participants to reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt and do whatever it takes to capture the flag. When a team submits this flag to a scoring page, it receives points. The challenges are all set up with the intent of being hacked, making it an excellent, legal way to get hands-on experience.

A rapidly growing industry, Information Security holds outstanding opportunities for talented individuals; however young people rarely consider it as a possible career. The goal of this event is to introduce students to ethical hacking while showcasing their skills in a creative way.

In addition to the (CTF) competition, SecureState and the University of Mount Union will hold presentations after the competition to explain how students can follow a path to security or computer science as a career.

SecureState provides premier management consulting information security services for companies internationally.

High school freshmen through seniors who are interested in this program should go to to register.

University of Mount Union
The University of Mount Union, founded in 1846, is a four-year, private institution grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Mount Union offers an array of broad-based and career-specific undergraduate and graduate programs to its 2,200 students who experience outstanding opportunities for success after graduation. Among members of the 2012 graduating class, 98% of those self-reporting started a degree-required career or were accepted to graduate school, all in an average of 20 days after graduation. Ranked #1 in the Great Lakes region for return on investment by, the University is committed to providing a student-centered approach and an exceptional educational experience, as evidenced by its mission to prepare students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship. The University’s 123-acre campus is located in Alliance, Ohio, 80 miles of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and more than $100 million has been invested in the construction and renovation of modern facilities throughout the course of the past decade. For more information, visit

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