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Ethical hackers invited to join inaugural du Hackathon

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Ethical hackers invited to join inaugural du Hackathon


As part of the du Cyber Security Conference 2014, du invites student ethical hackers to register for the du Hackathon, which will take place from 8 am to 2 pm on September 18 at the Armani Hotel, Dubai. The du Cyber Security Conference is an annual event, promoting and sharing information about the latest developments in cyber security, including information security risks, threats, vulnerabilities and safeguards.

Marwan Abdulla Bin Dalmook, senior VP – technology security & risk management, operations, du, says: “Our smart future is reliant upon the continuous development of solid security systems that protect our hyper-connected world. Today’s technologically savvy youth are vital components of the smart city culture; they are the ones who will carry smart tech to the next level, and we are keen to nurture the capabilities of such talented individuals in our community. Through our inaugural Hackathon, we aim to not only showcase and hone the skills of students in the UAE, but to demonstrate the strength of security that is crucial to the seamless connectivity that a smart city will thrive upon.”

Entrants will be grouped into 10 teams of 3-5 members, to tackle multiple levels of a smart city model. Each level will be scored, with teams earning points based on the systems they successfully hack. The team with the highest points at the end will win the competition, taking home the prize money of AED 20,000 and certificates of participation.

Scenarios that participants will have to hack are based on major critical infrastructure categories such as transportation, energy, communications and construction, with technologies that can be found in a smart city. Amongst other tasks, hackers will try to control the lights and air supply of a train tunnel, the operation of a water reservoir, a communication tower, and a crane.

Students can register here. Registration closes on 27 August 2014.

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