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Winning Cybersecurity One Challenge at a Time
July-Aug. 2012 (vol. 10 no. 4)
pp. 75-79
Efstratios Gavas, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Nasir Memon, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Douglas Britton, SecureIT Consulting Group
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.

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Index Terms:
cybersecurity,capture the flag,computer security
Efstratios Gavas, Nasir Memon, Douglas Britton, "Winning Cybersecurity One Challenge at a Time," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 75-79, July-Aug. 2012, doi:10.1109/MSP.2012.112
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