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ITB Department of Informatics to host ZeroDays CTF, Ireland's Biggest Cyber Security Challenge

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20/04/2018 09:40:33



ITB's Department of Informatics is delighted to be once again hosting ZeroDays Colleges Cyber-Security Challenge, the fourth annual flagship event of its kind and the biggest cyber-security challenge in Ireland, on Thursday April 26 at The Temple Bar Hotel in Dublin.

ZeroDays aims to identify and applaud Europe's brightest IT Security students and encourage them to pursue a career in cyber-security. The event was established to allow third level students come together to compete with highly skilled IT Security personnel to develop their information security skills and techniques in a fun and controlled environment.

The event will see over 250 IT Security students and experts from Ireland, UK, Austria, Lichtenstein, Netherlands and India compete in areas such as Cryptology (Codebreaking), IT Forensics, and writing computer code to solve a series of technical puzzles, to reveal a series of "flags" or hidden messages that can be concealed in anything from a sound file, a jpeg image or a computer program that requires fixing.

Created and run by Mark Cummins and Mark Lane, two lecturers on ITB's Cyber Security and Digital Forensics courses, one of the few courses of its kind in Ireland, ZeroDays is heavily sponsored by IT Security industry heavyweights Integrity360, edgescan, Ward Solutions and Deloitte.



According to Rahim Jina COO of edgescan, "We are delighted to be sponsors of Zerodays for a second year running. Technical cyber security is our passion and we believe it's important to nurture technical security skills via events such as this. CTF's provide an excellent environment to learn such skills and meet with peer groups of like-minded people. Supporting educational events and in particular local ones such as Zerodays, is important to us".

"The environment we create through ZeroDays allows the practice of necessary skills to perform non-destructive cyber testing. It's an ideal platform to upskill, to learn, and to recruit," continued co-organiser Mark Lane.

Some of the sponsors like Integrity360 have been involved with ZeroDays since its inception in 2014. Integrity360 support the event primarily because of the huge benefits the event brings to their Industry. From the educational and development perspective, the CTF challenges bring together students and industry professionals challenging them to grow, learn and develop in a safe environment with opportunities to collaborate and network with highly skilled individuals. "Undoubtedly, incident response is an area that is influential towards both the outcome and cost of a breach. Everyone acknowledges that. However, most methods of running "drills" or "simulations" fall short in terms of providing a complete hands-on experience that is true-to-life. That's where CTF games are especially useful and as CEO of Integrity360, it is hugely important for me that we are facilitating learning and development of up and coming talent but also that we are actively making a difference and ensuring that Ireland becomes known for our IT Security awareness, our talent and our capability. With our partnership with ITB every year, we get a first-hand experience of the amazing IT Security talent that is coming up through the education system. In addition to instilling teamwork amongst the competitors which is a core requirement of an Incident Response Team, this event enables professionals to work under pressure and time constraints, enhance their tolerance for pressurised situations but also allows them to have fun whilst doing it. There is no doubt, when this happens in real life it is a tense situation. If we can help prepare industry professionals and students for real life scenarios through our sponsorship and partnership, then I believe we are doing some of our part as a Corporate Citizen" said Eoin Goulding, CEO, Integrity360




Mark Cummins co-organiser of ZeroDays Colleges Cyber-Security Challenge goes on to say "Cybersecurity is a current hot topic with multiple threats directed at personal and national computer infrastructure. The skills to repel these cyber-attacks are in short supply".

ZeroDays 2018 is a ticketed event, which commences at 9am.


For further information or an interview or to receive imagery from this event, please contact Ann-Marie Sheehan, Aspire PR Tel: 01 827 5181 / 087 298 5569 or email




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