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SANS & Sophos Infrastructure Security
Challenge

Type: Single Player
Player Count: 1000

Game Play Dates:
Round 1: June 18th to 20th 2012 (Game finished)

Round 2: October 25th to 27th 2012

Registration is now CLOSED

Description:

(Please note that if you have already submitted a score in Round 1 you cannot play Round 2)

Description:
Securing a real environment against hackers is challenging because of the huge surface area of different systems, technologies and platforms you need to understand to protect. In this challenge you can pit your wits against a wide range of different attacks, vulnerabilities and forensic artefacts that span everything from wireless infrastructure to VOiP systems. You will face cyber criminals methods of obfuscated command and control, attempts to shred evidence and configuration failures that leave services open to attack. This challenge has a range of questions at different difficulty levels making it accessible to both beginners and more experienced players. 

Pre-requisites:
i) Basic use of tools for analysis and forensics, such as those that are provided in Backtrack
ii) A working copy of Backtrack5 (recommended) or a similar set of analysis tools
iii) A basic understanding of scripting languages such as PHP and Javascript
iiii) Familiarity with common daemon configuration such as mail servers, web servers and databases.

Skill Level: 
Easy-Moderate. Understanding of scripting languages and good exposure to common protocols, services and infrastructure. The challenge ranges in difficulty from accessible questions to moderate difficulty which require some experience to reverse assets.

Playing Time:
The game is now held over 3 days, this will allow you to play and “log on and off” at any time during the 3 days by clicking the save button but please remember that once you have clicked “submit” your entry is registered. Please also note that you can only play this game once, once you have submitted your score you will not be allowed to play again.
 
The time is calculated based on when you first open the quiz and when you submit your final answers; the timer DOES NOT stop if you leave and come back!  For example, if you start the quiz at 1400, work on it for an hour, then come back the next day at 1400 and submit your final answers at 1405, your time would be 24:05:00.

THE FIRST 4000 PEOPLE TO SEND IN A COMPETITION RETURN, WHO  SCORE SOME POINTS, WILL RECEIVE A VIRTUAL TRAINING PROGRAMME FROM INFOSEC SKILLS – SO DON’T GIVE UP EVEN IF YOU THINK YOUR RETURN IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN.


Thank you and good luck!!