Vietnamese youth to compete in cyber security challenge

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 16:14

Ngo Tuan Anh, deputy director of Bkav's cyber security division, introduces the WhiteHat Grand Prix at a press conference on August 19 in Ha Noi. Local young people are encouraged to take part in the cyber security contest. — Photo courtesy of Bkav

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Vietnamese youth who are interested in mastering cyber security are invited to take part in the WhiteHat Grand Prix, a contest organized by Bkav, a leading Vietnamese security company.

The competition aims to enhance learning and research on cyber security among the young, thereby increasing the number of cyber security experts in the country.

Under contest rules, interested parties may form teams of two to five members each, aged below 35 years. They must register their respective teams on, a website that serves as a forum for aspiring cyber security experts, before September 15.

The teams will take part in an online qualification round from September 19 to 20 on the website. They will be asked to take tests on their knowledge of various cyber security subjects such as web security, cryptography and reverse engineering.

The ten teams that top the qualification round will move on to the final round, to be held in the cities of Ha Noi and HCM on October 25. They will be asked to complete tests with higher levels of difficulty and take part in an attack-defense competition.

The winning team will be awarded VND100 million (US$4,761) while the first and second runner-ups will be given VND20 million ($952) and VND10 million ($476), respectively.

The website, which Bkav created in late 2013, has attracted more than 20,000 active members. The company has so far organised seven cyber security contests that witnessed thousands of participants in the past seven months. — VNS

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