The Cyber Security Challenge Greece is a brand new cyber security event for students in Greece. Based on the principles of a Capture the Flag (CTF), this cyber security competition is a challenge-based game played by teams of maximum 4 students. The Challenge takes place at the 29th of March 2024, at the University of West Attica in Athens with hubs in both Patras hosted by the University of Peloponnese and Thessaloniki at the University of Macedonia.
We launched the first edition of the Cyber Security Challenge in Belgium in 2015. After nine successful editions and each year growing keen interest from the industry, the Cyber Security Challenge has become a not to miss event for students and industry professionals. In 2024 we will launch the first Cyber Security Challenge Greece in order to raise awareness and interest of students that are about to complete their education.
The challenge is open to teams of maximum 4 students. It will be a hybrid event, so that both on-site teams and remote teams can participate. However, only on-site teams are eligible to compete for prizes, which will be awarded to the finalists at the venue in Athens during the Award Ceremony at the end of the competition.
During the CTF, the teams must solve challenges within 6 hours covering a wide range of categories, e.g. crypto, network, reversing, web, mobile, pwning or forensic. The complexity of challenges ranges from easy up to nightmare. To get a feel for what you can expect you can always head over to the write-ups of the previous editions on CTF Time. The top winning on-site teams of the event might also be eligible to honorary prizes.
No one will leave empty handed from the CyberSecurity Challenge Greece, however, the top teams are in for some amazing prizes:
Sans On-Demand Courses
For each member of the winning team, SANS Institute gives out 1 On-Demand Course for any SANS course of your choice.
Got questions? We have an answer.
Here is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the Cyber Security Challenge. You can also send us all your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those that are planning on joining the CTF remotely the registration process is straight forward. Create an account on our platform, register your team and you're set.
For those that are planning on joining us on-site, the registration process consists of a few more steps.
If you don't receive an email, feel free to reach out to us on Discord. We will also contact you in case a member of your team has not completed the registration process.
Do note that our locations have a limited capacity of seats. This means that we will be accepting completely registered teams first. So make sure, you and your teammates complete the registration process as soon as possible if you're planning on joining us on-site!
Make sure your team has received a formal invite to our location. Students that have not received an email will not be able to join us on-site. Do note that teams can join from multiple locations (e.g. 1 team member joining from Thessaloniki and the rest from Athens)
Additionally, all participants will have to create an account (If they don't have one already) on "ctf.hackthebox.com" in order to access some challenges. Make sure to complete this process in advance so you don't lose time during the event!
Since this is our first edition, we do not have write-ups from previous events. However, you can have a look at the write-ups of CyberSecurity Challenge Belgium:
Once you feel you’re ready to try and solve some challenges on your own, you could take a look at the "awesome-ctf repository": it contains a list of useful tools sorted per category (reversing, cryptography, web, …). It also contains a list of "wargames" available 24/7 for practicing.
For example, the "overthewire wargames" feature a series of challenges, and suggests an order in which to play them based on their difficulty. You can also ask questions on our Discord channel.
University of West Attica
The Ancient Grove Campus is located in the Municipality of Egaleo, on Str. P. Ralli and Thivon, inside the Ancient Grove area, where the famous “Walking School” of Plato as well as the St. John Church of was built in the eleventh century A.D. This church was the springboard of the “Hidden School” during the difficult years that followed the fall of Constantinople.
University of Macedonia
The University of Macedonia is the second and “youngest” University of the city of Thessaloniki and it specializes in economic and social sciences. It was founded by the Greek State under the Presidential Decree 147/10-4-1990. In the academic year 2016-2017 the University of Macedonia completed 60 years of operation as an Institution of Higher Education in Greece.
University of Peloponnese
The University of the Peloponnese (UoP) was established in 2000 as the only academic Institution of Higher Education in the Peloponnese Region (Southwestern Greece). The headquarters of UoP is in Tripolis and it comprises of five Schools and nine Departments located in the six capitals of the Peloponnese.