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cyber battle 2018 prize pool


Brunei’s premier computer hacking competition Cyber Battle: Capture The Flag, is slated to return early next month. This marks the fourth rendition of the annual competition which is the brainchild of local IT security firm ITPSS Sdn Bhd, and has seen a steady increase in participation over the years, with 26 teams competing last year.

Cyber Battle: Capture The Flag is open to anyone residing in Brunei Darussalam, but they must join the competition as a team of 2 or 3 members. Participants will be presented with challenges in cryptography, exploitation, digital forensics, packet analysis and web-based attacks, and will race against time to solve each challenge to obtain a secret key known as a “flag”. The flag is then submitted to a dedicated score server and the team is awarded points for each verified flag. The team with the highest points will win the competition.

The online qualifying round will be held on 29 July, and the top 10 teams will move on to the finals on 4 August at Wafa Hotel, Annajat Complex. The final round will be a full day event where the hackers will get to compete and face their opponents in person. Cash prizes of $3000, $2000 and $1000 await the top 3 teams. To join Cyber Battle: Capture The Flag, visit and register your team by 23 July.

To complement the competition this year, ITPSS will also be hosting a series of free public presentations on 4 August by local security experts and tech professionals. The talks cover a range of topics including digital forensics, phishing, virtual reality and augmented reality and basic coding. To attend, please visit and register by 31 July.

With 15 years of experience in the industry, in addition to its role as Brunei Darussalam’s national Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT), ITPSS emphasised the urgency of creating awareness on the importance of information security and internet safety. According to Shamsul Bahri Hj Kamis, CEO of ITPSS, “There is a growing need for cybersecurity specialists in Brunei Darussalam, and globally. The Cyber Battle competition and series of talks aim to inspire our youth to pursue careers in IT in general and particularly in the field of cybersecurity. Areas of expertise in this field include cryptography, security architecture, incident response, vulnerability assessment, digital forensics and security audit. There are many pathways to working in cybersecurity.”