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Cybersecurity issues have taken center stage around the globe, but organizations of every size are struggling with a worldwide shortage of information security experts. To meet this growing demand, cybersecurity experts need both theoretical and practical education opportunities.

Universities across the country offer excellent programs in information security, although many students want to learn about security from all perspectives, universities tend to focus on the defensive aspects of security while categorizing offensive security knowledge as a “black art.”

Tripwire-VERT-CTF-logo-2To help fill this gap VERT is hosting Tripwire’s first ever cybersecurity competition, a Capture the Flag style challenge designed to provide aspiring cyber security experts an opportunity to test their offensive security skills.

The competition has several flags of increasing difficulty so the contest is appropriate for a wide range of skill levels. Contestants will have an opportunity to test their knowledge of common web vulnerabilities, encoding techniques and back-end technologies that are prevalent across the Internet.

The prizes are pretty impressive, as well. Thanks to our co-sponsors the grand prize winner will receive:

  • BSides Las Vegas and DEF CON 23 badges,
  • Two lunch tickets for the BSides Chill-Out café,
  • Accommodation at the Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas between August 3-5, 2015,
  • And a $500 gift card for travel expenses.

Security conferences, such as DEF CON and BSides, are a great place to network and an opportunity to develop a wide range security knowledge. Plus, it all takes place in Las Vegas – need we say more?

The demand for skilled security analysts has skyrocketed far beyond the supply in recent years, and there are no signs the demand is going to slow down anytime soon. This contest is a great opportunity to increase your cybersecurity skills and learn from other like-minded security students and researchers.

All you need to enter is a valid .edu,, or other email address affiliated with an educational institution. For more information on competition rules, click here.

We’ll be watching for you!

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