Virtual Capture The Flag Event

Our Online Capture the Flag Event is a fun way for those interested in a career in Cyber to learn cyber security concepts and gain new skills. Participants compete in teams to complete various challenges, e.g. to find a specific piece of text that may be hidden in some file, picture or on a webpage, that’s the flag. The competitor with the most points at the end of the day is the winner. Instructors are always available to offer more help and nudge you in the right direction if you get stuck.

Who is it for?
CTFs are available to everyone. Many challenges do not require technical or security knowledge and are simply a matter of problem solving and creative thinking. CTF events vary hugely in difficulty. For our events we offer two tracks running concurrently catering for all abilities and skills levels. The key element being, you don’t need any technical skills or a background in security to participate in and enjoy the events. At the time of registration, you will be asked to choose which track suits you best:

A) Non‐Technical: Suitable for all levels, especially those who don’t consider themselves to have a technical IT background or skillset. These challenges will show you how easy it is for hackers to perform some of the more common attacks. Most of these challenges can be solved with just a web browser.

B) Technical: If you come from a technical background, then this is the track for you. You don’t need to have any security background. This track is particularly suited for those who consider themselves elite hackers or experienced developers, system or network administrators etc.

Playing as a team
By far the best way to experience CTFs is to play as part of a team. Challenges cover a wide range of topics and the morediverse mix of skillsets and backgrounds you have on a team the better. Many eyes looking at a puzzle or problem always makes it easier and you learn from everyone on your team. To encourage this when you register for any of our CTF events you’ll have the opportunity to join up with friends or colleagues to form teams, or we’ll help you form teams with other participants on the day.