Winning cybersecurity one challenge at a time

Efstratios Gavas, Nasir Memon, Douglas Britton

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Cybersecurity challenges, such as capture-the-flag competitions, test multidisciplinary teams' security and hacking skills. Besides appealing to hackers' competitive nature, participation in these events has become essential to developing successful cybersecurity professionals. Competitors benefit by experiencing the adversarial nature of live cyberincidents akin to traditional military and law enforcement training. Industry, government, and academia benefit by using these competitions for training and to spot emerging talent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6265104
Pages (from-to)75-79
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Security and Privacy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012


  • capture the flag
  • computer security
  • cybersecurity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Law


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