CSX Cyber Challenge to be Held at ISACA’s Global CSX Conferences

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Cybersecurity Competition Coming to Las Vegas, London and Singapore 

isacalogoCompetitive games can drive innovation, improve performance, and showcase skills in a structured environment. To provide such opportunities, global IT and cybersecurity association ISACA and The Centre for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) will host new CSX Cyber Challenge competitions at ISACA’s upcoming CSX conferences around the world.

The CSX Cyber Challenge will be held at all of ISACA’s CSX 2016 conferences. The first of these new global competitions will be held at ISACA’s CSX North America, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 17-19 October 2016. ISACA debuted the CSX conference last year to a sold-out audience and expanded to hold this event in two more locations this year:
CSX Europe, London, England, UK, 31 October-2 November 2016
CSX Asia, Singapore, 14-16 November 2016

The CSX Cyber Challenge is an opportunity for beginner- or intermediate-level competitors to practice both offensive and defensive skills, and improve their performance. The target environments are made up of a variety of operating systems and applications—giving participants a wide range of opportunities to exercise existing skills or learn new ones. These competitions provide a place to test out new tools, scripts, techniques, and exploits in a controlled, low-risk environment. Prizes will be given to the first, second and third highest scorers for each competition.

The games provide an opportunity for employers to verify participants’ skills and benefit from the tools and tactics they acquire and bring back to their enterprises.

“IT and cybersecurity competitions go beyond traditional educational platforms and encourage professional development and cyber security training outside the classroom,” said Christos K. Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC, chair of ISACA’s Board of Directors and group director of Information Security for INTRALOT. “By offering the CSX Cyber Challenge at our CSX conferences, we are tapping into creative methods by which professionals and students are learning and developing skills today. And, healthy competition is fun, while it forces collaboration among peers or teammates.”

The CSX Cyber Challenge is a network assessment and network defense competition, in which individuals compete for control of common resources and their critical services. Once a competitor takes possession of a resource, they must secure it against attacks, while maintaining the critical services that are running. Teams accumulate points for controlling and operating critical services such as SMTP, DNS, HTTP, HTTPS, SSH.

Geared to all skill levels, the CSX Cyber Challenge offers morning and afternoon sessions, limited to 50 competitors. Conference attendees can sign up to play during the conference registration process. More information and the registration link are available at www.isaca.org/cyber-conference.

CSX 2016 conferences are part of ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) and provide practical cybersecurity solutions and guidance, tailored to every level of a security professional’s career. The conferences allow attendees to explore trends and threats, exchange ideas and insights, and learn how to excel at defending against threats and protecting their enterprises.

Registration information for CSX conferences, including free Cyber Challenge registration, can be found at www.isaca.org/cyber-conference. Upon completing conference registration, registrants will be given free access to the game platform and can begin practicing for the competition and improving their skills.

Attendees can earn up to 32 continuing professional education (CPE) credits. Competitors will also be able to earn CPEs during these competitive sessions, in addition to the CPEs they will earn during the rest of the conference.
About ISACA
ISACA® (isaca.org) helps professionals around the globe realise the positive potential of technology in an evolving digital world. By offering industry-leading knowledge, standards, credentialing and education, ISACA enables professionals to apply technology in ways that instill confidence, address threats, drive innovation and create positive momentum for their organisations. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global association with more than 140,000 members and certification holders in 187 countries. ISACA is the creator of the COBIT framework, which helps organisations effectively govern and manage their information and technology. Through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), ISACA helps organisations develop skilled cyber workforces and enables individuals to grow and advance their cyber careers.

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