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Cyber Security students at TU Dublin compete at the largest one-day CTF event in the World

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10/04/2019 14:44:20




The largest one day Capture the Flag event, the Colleges Cyber-Security Challenge, took place on April 5th in Dublin City Centre. The fifth annual flagship event of its kind was brought to Dublin by ZeroDays CTF. ZeroDays started out with a simple aim to promote, develop and encourage participation in capture the flag security events in Ireland with an aim 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.

According to Mark Cummins, founding member of ZeroDays and lecturer at TU Dublin,

"Our goal was always to create a fun, safe environment for students to explore and enjoy security challenges in a friendly welcoming atmosphere. This formula worked better than we could ever have expected, and in the space of five years the event has grown to become the largest on-site one day CTF event in the world. None of this would have ever started or been possible without the huge support from the Department of Informatics, TU Dublin - Blanchardstown and the infectious support and genuine interest from their cyber security students, whose eagerness and encouragement keep us coming back for more each year".

The Winners of Zero Day's 2019 were:

First place Industry Team: Hack4Craic 3.0 (TU Dublin Graduates)
Joseph Trimble
Thomas O Leary
James Dunne
Eric Barnes

Third place College Team: Chucky Chucklets (TU Dublin)

Daniel Cahill (2nd year Applied Cyber Security)
Ugo Reyne (3rd Year Applied Cyber Security Erasmus)
Emma Heffernan (2nd year Applied Cyber Security)
Alexandre Carra (3rd Year Applied Cyber Security Erasmus)

Second place College Team: Lord of the strings(TU Dublin)

Damian Moore (3rd Year Applied Cyber Security)
Adam Murphy (1st year Applied Cyber Security)
Leo Mulvany (M.Sc in Applied Cyber Security)
Victor Azzam (3rd Year Applied Cyber Security)

First place College Team: Ya Like Jazz 2.0 (TCD)

Eoin Shepherd
Jack O Sullivan
Emmet Leahy
Rory Flynn



It has been a busy and successful time for cyber security students and graduates of TU Dublin as they took the top three spots at the recent BSides security conference at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Top prize went to Eric Barnes, a graduate of cyber security with 3rd year student Victor Azzam taking second place. Third prize went to Rody Quinlan, another graduate of the cyber security degree at the Blanchardstown campus.

Congratulating the winners and wishing the students and organisers well at the Irish Colleges Cyber Challenge 2019, Daniel McSweeney, Head of Department of Informatics at TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus said

"The Department is pleased to partner with ZeroDays CTF and its sponsors to support and promote the Irish Colleges Cyber Challenge 2019. This unique event is Ireland's signal Capture the Flag competition and we are proud to encourage students to pursue a career in cyber security. We encourage this, at a time when the pace of technological change requires that we, as educators, empower our students to ensure progress and technology serve society rather than disrupt it. Cyber security is a socially relevant universal challenge and through competitions like this one we show how, with the relevant education, we can embrace and manage the turbulence around us, while preparing our students for life and work".

Created and run by Mark Cummins and Mark Lane, two lecturers on the Digital Forensics & Cyber Security course, one of the few courses of its kind in Ireland, ZeroDays is heavily sponsored by IT Security industry heavyweights such as Integrity360, edgescan, Reliaquest, Ward Solutions, Deloitte, Information Security and Practical Pentest Labs.

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