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ITMO University and The Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science of the Academy of the Federal Security Service of Russia have hosted an information security quest for St. Petersburg school students. Gathered at ITMO’s Lomonosova St. 9 campus, the participants were taught about data protection and encryption in the game format. ITMO.NEWS braved the quest alongside the students to find out about the simplest ways of encrypting a letter and tricks to detect hidden cameras.
The final of the regional NordCTF cyber security contest took place in the St. Petersburg “Boiling Point” center. ITMO University team has managed to finish first with a fourfold margin. Our correspondent observed the competition and was lucky enough to talk to its hosts about computer forensics, hacker footprint tracking methods and the fate of the current winners.
The final round of the CyBRICS international competition in the field of computer security initiated by ITMO University has recently come to an end. The event united the best teams from Russia, China, India, Brazil, and South Africa, who competed for the right to participate in the CyBRICS winter school, which will take place in St. Petersburg this winter. An ITMO.NEWS correspondent met with the event’s organizers to find out more about the competition and sports hacking.
More than 750 teams from around the world took part in the recent online round of CyBRICS, a large-scale computer security competition for participants from the BRICS countries: Brazil, India, China, South Africa, and Russia. As one of the event’s organizers, ITMO University will receive the winners of the qualifying round when they come to St. Petersburg in September to compete in the final round. The competition is developed and run by members of the SPbCTF community.
At the end of April, the Russian city of Ekaterinburg hosted RuCTF, the biggest competition in the field of cybersecurity in Russia. The event brought together 28 teams from Russia, Germany, Switzerland and other countries, including a total of three teams from ITMO University, one of which took third place.
Late February marked the end of “It’s Your Call!” winter school, organized by ITMO University in collaboration with Sberbank. Alexey Voloshchuk, the head of the St. Petersburg branch of the bank’s Cyber-Security Center, and Vladislav Verus, one of center’s staff members, contributed to the school’s program with an open lecture during which they shared some insights into the center’s approach to maintaining the integrity of the bank’s network perimeter.
Discussions at this year’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum often revolve around the development of technology, its effect on future economy, and the increasing role of scientists in the matter. Experts discussed the transformation of medicine, humanity’s destructive effect on nature, cybersecurity, digitization of production and what new educational methods will need to be developed to train new kinds of specialists.
At the end of April, Ekaterinburg hosted an annual Russian Cybersecurity Competition known as Russian Capture the Flag (RuCTF). ITMO University’s student team LC↯BC took the fourth place in the overall ranking and the second place among Russian teams. RuCTF is a team competition in cybersecurity when participants have to protect their own servers and hack the opponents’ servers. A team from Ural Federal University has been hosting this competition for more than ten years. ITMO.NEWS talked to Vlad Roskov and Alexander Menschikov, the coordinators of SPbCTF project which holds weekly seminars in competitive hacking at ITMO University, and asked them some questions about CTF.
New technology is being released every day, which makes it hard for cybersecurity experts to calculate potential risks. Seduced by new technologies like Internet of Things and Blockchain, we forget about the most important thing when it comes to information technology: its security. Everything is under threat today: from smartphones to control systems for nuclear power plants. Natalya Kaspersky, President of InfoWatch Group, attended the formal opening of ITMO-InfoWatch center. During an open lecture at ITMO University, she spoke about the challenges facing information security specialists and what ordinary users can do to protect themselves.