‘World needs more cyber security professionals’

Date: October 12, 2015


A TRIO of siblings took home the first prize for the “Cyber Battle: Capture the Flag” competition held at the Authority for Info-Communications Technology of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) headquarters yesterday.

The winning team (1st photo) scored the most points after going against competing teams in fixing security holes and solving challenges of network-based and web-based attacks in designated servers.

Speaking to the winners yesterday, siblings Lim Chien Yee, Lim Chien Hau and Lim Wan Shen said it was their first time participating in a cyber competition and that they have trained online via the coCTF website a week prior to the event.

The trio brought home $600 cash prize, a MacBook Air laptop for each member as well as free training by TechnoRada. The team will also represent Brunei in Cyber SEA Game 2015 in Jakarta next month.

The one-day competition was organised by the IT Protective Security Services Sdn Bhd (ITPSS).

Participants were required to analyse the system to check against exploiting vulnerability of the designated gamer servers.

In his speech, ITPSS CEO Shamsul Bahri Hj Kamis said that the competition was held to educate the participants on how to strengthen and protect their networks.

He stressed that there will always be vulnerabilities in the web and networks, and so by holding the competition, the public will be more aware of the necessary actions that must be undertaken to defend IT networks.

“This competition exposes locals to the field of IT and cyber security with the hope that it will garner the interest especially amongst the young people in Brunei. It also helps to create public awareness,” said the CEO.

He added that the competition also looks to nurture cyber security skills in hopes to fill the shortage of cyber security professionals amids the increasing number of cyber threats.

Present to hand over the prizes was the Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dato Paduka Hj Hamdan Hj Abu Bakar.

The Brunei Times