Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Art of IT Security: Know Your Enemies

DISM Year 2 students won third prize in the “Capture The Flag” competition.

21 Aug 2009 - A team of Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) Year 2 students won the third prize at the “Capture The Flag” (CtF) competition, which took place from 2nd – 3rd July 2009, as part of The Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan) Conference 2009 held at Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel.

Our DISM Year 2 students, Cheah Kit Weng, Ishaan Singh and Mohamad Daniel Bin Hamid (also known as team Cyber Monkeys) had applied their Infocomm Security knowledge and skills in a competitive environment. The team was assigned with an "operational" network from the organizer with hardware-based firewall and computer servers. They were required to correct problems on their network, to perform computer hardening tasks on the servers, and to defend their network infrastructure from other teams that generated live and hostile attacks throughout the competition.

Said Ishaan, "It has been a complete learning experience for all of us. When we first went there, we had no idea what's going to happen and how are we to handle it. Eventually, we fell back to our basics that we have learned in our DISM course. We also got the much needed exposure in the field of Infocomm Security and could feel the importance of securing important assets. All in all, it was a wonderful experience. "

For their efforts and enthusiasm, the team was placed a credible third place in the competition as they faced challenges from other seasoned IT security practitioners as well as teams from other tertiary institution. This was the first time they participated in a major IT security competition and they were the only all student team among the top 3 winners. For the third placement, the team walked away with S$1,000 cash price

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