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Digital Dubai initiated the Emirati ‘Capture The Flag’ (CTF) Challenge, scheduled from 7th to 10th October. This move is in conjunction with the programs of the affiliated Dubai Cyber Innovation Park (DCIPark) to foster enhanced digital safety skills among Emirati students.
Over the span of four days, students are tasked with identifying 15 potential weak points within a web application modeled after a banking system.
Amer Sharaf Al Hashmi, who holds the position of CEO at the Cybersecurity Systems and Services Sector within the Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) – a branch of Digital Dubai – emphasized the importance of the initiative. He noted the primary goal was to elevate the abilities of Emirati youth and channel investments towards their innovative digital safety endeavors. With the surge in global reliance on digital safety due to technological progress and the growing security needs of digital communities, the challenge is pertinent. It offers participants a lifelike digital environment, equipping them to devise and implement strategies to identify weak spots and promptly tackle digital threats.
Meanwhile, the Dubai Cyber Innovation Park (DCIPark) has made known that enthusiasts can now register for the Emirati CTF Challenge on the DESC’s official website.
The stipulations for participation in the Emirati CTF Challenge are distinct: only UAE nationals are eligible, and they must register through their respective university email addresses. The competition is structured for individual participation, not for groups. Moreover, participants are obliged to ensure that the solutions they contrive remain undisclosed.