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UNO IS&T Students Qualify for the Capture the Flag Finals in New York


Published September 26, 2011.

Congratulations to UNO College of IS&T students who successfully competed in the continuous 48 hour Capture the Flag competition hosted by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. The competition began Friday, September 23 at 8:00 PM and concluded on September 25 at 8:00 PM. The UNO team placed 23rd out of 207 total teams and 10th out of 74 undergraduate teams. More importantly, the UNO team finished 7th out of all the United States undergraduate teams and therefore won their qualifying round. The team will fly four of its members to the final round in November to compete on-site in New York. The CSAW (Cyber Security Awareness Week) Capture The Flag competition is a contest designed to evaluate application security skills. Competitors attack vulnerable applications and solve offensive challenges. Challenges are divided into technical categories and assigned point values based on how difficult they are. The CSAW CTF is loosely based on the widely known DEFCON Capture The Flag competition. As with all competitions, it takes more than just skill to succeed; plan a strategy and put together a diverse team.

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