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Hacking Competitions and Their Untapped Potential for Security Education
May/June 2011 (vol. 9 no. 3)
pp. 56-59
Gregory Conti, US Military Academy
Thomas Babbitt, US Military Academy
John Nelson, US Military Academy
Most hacker conferences sponsor diverse and intense competitions. These competitions test the participants' creativity and problem-solving skills, are fun and innovative, and draw large, enthusiastic groups of participants and spectators. Academia and the computer security industry have widely adopted hacker competitions, such as DEF CON's Capture the Flag, to augment information security education. Many other hacker competitions, however, are less known. This article surveys some of them, identifying those that can energize and enhance information security education.

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Index Terms:
hacking, hacking competitions, computer security, security and privacy, hacker conferences, capture the flag, computer security education
Gregory Conti, Thomas Babbitt, John Nelson, "Hacking Competitions and Their Untapped Potential for Security Education," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 56-59, May-June 2011, doi:10.1109/MSP.2011.51
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