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Recently, ITMO hosted the finals of the international CTF cybersecurity tournament that was held under the aegis of the 5th International Municipal BRICS+ Forum. Participants from over 90 countries took part in the tournament, while the winners split the $10,000 prize fund. This year, the best results were achieved by Russian teams.
With an ever-increasing number of hacker attacks, cybersecurity specialists are compelled to constantly upgrade their skills; for one, by participating in Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions. In this article, Alexander Menshikov, an associate professor at ITMO’s Faculty of Secure Information Technologies, and Georgy Gennadiev, a CTF contest veteran and a Master’s student at ITMO’s Faculty of Secure Information Technologies, provide an overview of existing CTF events, as well as list a pool of benefits they offer for specialists and companies alike.
Students from ITMO University were named winners of the 13th annual information security competition VolgaCTF in Samara. The final stage of the competition pitted 23 teams from Russia and neighboring countries. As a result of this victory, the team from ITMO moved up in the ranking to become one of the world’s top three CTF teams in the field of infosec.
Last weekend, the Smart City pavilion of Moscow’s VDNKh hosted the final of the Russian national information security championship. The FaKappa team made up of students of ITMO's Faculty of Secure Information Technologies took second place, won the special nomination, and received prizes from Sberbank.
Previously, winners of the Robotics track of the I Am a Professional contest shared their tips for this year’s participants. In this part of the series, bronze medal winners of the Information & Cyber Security talk about their experiences at the contest and share advice.
The National Cyber Testing Ground is a major national initiative that’s being developed by Rostelecom. In 2021, the telecommunications company and ITMO launched a support center for the initiative as part of the university’s Safety and Security of Critical Information Technologies international research center. And recently, ITMO’s team won the National Cyber Testing Ground’s First Intercollegiate Wargames in Cybersecurity. We talked to Aleksander Menshikov, head of the National Cyber Testing Ground’s training center, and Dmitry Tatarov, the winning team’s captain, to learn about the wargames and how one can join ITMO’s team.
Kuban CTF (Capture The Flag) is a team competition in computer security that took place as part of Kuban Cyber Security Conference 2021. ITMO’s student team won the competition for the second time.
The VolgaCTF cybersecurity tournament in the СTF (Capture the flag) format has taken place annually since 2011, and a team from ITMO has won it for the second time.
This is the second time that the international tournament has been held. Because of the pandemic, the 2020 competition was organized in a simplified way: there was one online round for everyone wishing to participate. CyBRICS 2020 also broke last year’s record in terms of the number of participants: it brought together almost 1,500 teams from all over the world, with 786 of them scoring better than zero. Thus, CyBRICS remains the largest sports hacking competition organized by a Russian institution.
Financial systems, transport, power lines, hospitals, even home PCs – all these things need security. The nature of the threats is different, and so are their goals. At ITMO University’s Faculty of Secure Information Technologies (FSIT), Master’s students are learning to predict, pinpoint, and eliminate vulnerabilities in all kinds of computer and cyberphysical systems. In this article, we’ll explore what it’s like to study at FSIT and work side by side with industrial partners such as Sberbank and Gazprom Neft.