Information Security Challenge to Take Place on Campus

April 06, 2015

SecureState and the University of Mount Union have come together to promote information security and computer science as a career by co-sponsoring the second annual High School Capture the Flag (CTF) Information Security Challenge which will take place on Saturday on Mount Union’s campus.

CTFs are a type of computer security competition in 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 that flag. When a team submits this flag to a scoring page, they will get 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, but 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 interactive CTF competition, SecureState and Mount Union will hold presentations after the competition to explain how students can follow a path to security or computer science as a career.

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