Image: Courtesy of ITPSS

Brunei’s premier computer hacking competition is back in its fourth edition and is slated to be held next month.

Organised by the IT Protective Security Services (ITPSS), Cyber Battle: Capture the Flag will pitch teams of two and three people against challenges in cryptography, exploitation, digital forensics, packet analysis and web-based attacks. 

Contestants will race against time to solve each challenge to obtain a secret key known as “flag”, which is to be submitted to and verified by a dedicated score server for points. The team with the highest points will the tournament’s biggest prize money worth B$3,000.

The online qualifying round for the contest is slated to be held on July 29, where the top 10 teams will be brought to the finals on August 4 at Wafa Hotel, Annajat Complex.

The competition is open to all residents in Brunei.

Image: Courtesy of ITPSS

To compliment the tournament this year, ITPSS will also be hosting a series of talks conducted by local security experts and tech professionals during the finals, with topics include digital forensics, phishing, virtual reality and augmented reality as well as basic coding.

The competition is aimed at inspiring the youth to take up careers in IT, particularly in the field of cybersecurity which is increasingly needed globally.

ITPSS CEO Shamsul Bahri Hj Kamis pointed the growing need for cybersecurity specialists in Brunei and other parts of the world, adding that there are many pathways to working in the specialised field.

ITPSS in its capacity as Brunei’s national Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT) also emphasised the urgency of creating awareness on the importance of information security and internet safety through the contest.

Those interested in joining the competition can register their teams at by July 23, and those interested to attend the talks can register themselves at by July 31.



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