UAE Cyber Security Council, Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), and UAE Department of government support have launched the 1st annual global Capture the Flag (CTF) cybersecurity competition. Crypto is one of the themes included in the competition. 

Established in November 2020, the UAE Cyber Security Council is tasked with developing and overseeing a cyber security strategy for the UAE, and creating a safe and strong cyber infrastructure, while Abu Dhabi Digital Authority was established to enable, support and deliver a digital government that is proactive, personalized, collaborative and secure.

Both have come together with the support of UAE Department of government support to organize the first CTF cybersecurity competition.

The CTF competition will be held at Gitex 2022 which will take place from 10-14 October 2022 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The aim of the knowledge based challenge is to create a safer digital world. Challenges fall under several themes including, web exploitation, forensics, reversing, OSINT, IoT hardware, crypto, network, mobile, and Steganography.

Teams of 3 or 5 are considered eligible for the competition. They will need to register their teams. The qualification round which will take place online on 10-Sep-2022, and only five (5) teams from the online qualifier round will be selected for the finals.

The Final round will be held physically and in person at Gitex 2022. Qualified teams must be physically present with their laptops at Gitex Dubai from Oct 10 till Oct 14, 2022 for the final round.  Abu Dhabi Digital Authority will cover all the accommodation and travel expenses and the entry badges for the final CTF round in GITEX.

The winners will be announced at the end of the 5th day, of Gitex 2022, the first 3 teams will receive cash prizes. 1st place winner will receive 35,000 AED, 2nd place will 25,000 AED, and 3rd place will receive 15,000 AED.  

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