What is CTF?
CTF is a contest in which contestants compete in their knowledge and skills for computer security, and they are held as an event in security conferences around the world (one major one is DEFCON). CTF stands for "Capture The Flag" and it comes from the fact that you make attacks on your opponent's server and protect your own from your opponents.
Problems are often presented in Jeopardy style, and contenstants will try to answer trivias, decrypt ciphers, analyze network packets, and even make intrusions to your opponent's server to uncover hidden information. Contestants compete for points that are awarded according to the difficulty of the problem.
CTFs that are part of security conferences are usually held by gathering in one location in a controlled environment, however, as HAYABUSA-CYBER is held online, anyone can participate from anywhere in the world!
Vulnerability testing and assessment contest "HAYABUSA-CYBER"
During the "HAYABUSA-CYBER," contestants will compete in the skills to discover numerous vulnerabilities prepared by the administrators. They will be honored according to the time it took to find the vulnerability, the difficulty of the vulnerability, and the method taken to find the vulnerability.
What is the online game site "HAYABUSA-CYBER": It is the practical boosting of one another‘s vulnerability testing and assessment skills.
On this site, you can hone your skills by discovering and analyzing vulnerabilities in the vulnerable server prepared by the administrators of the site. Also, the participants themselves can prepare servers with hard to discover vulnerabilities and post a problem, challenging others with their own vulnerability analyzing skills. In this manner, this online site, allows users to always challenge one another with the latest techniques in vulnerability testing.
Since this game site is always "on-line," you can practice your vulnerability testing skills anytime. Practicing your skills here will allow you to aim for high rankings in the CTF – Capture the Flag events that are held annually around the world.
What’s next for "HAYABUSA-CYBER": Expanding into the fields of security education
In recent years, we have seen a huge growth of interests in security training by companies and governments around the world. There are numerous security conferences. However, some fall short in that they only serve to provide enlightenment for the topic but not really "hands-on." We feel there are shortages of hands-on security engineers.
Without learning about the actual real-world vulnerabilities through hands-on experience, it is not possible to train a real practical engineer. With the game "HAYABUSA-CYBER" that we have developed, we aim to heighten the awareness for information security in the general public as well as elevating the skills of those in the security fields, through having fun!
For now, we will start providing training online; however, we plan to also provide easy-to-use training material for the security education field as a game package.