Computing Students Success in Hackback 2 Competition

Year 12 Computing students, Thomas Fairey, Jack Underwood, Daniel Dixon and Jakub Zrobczynski, took part in the Hackback 2 national cyber security capture-the-flag competition in October.

The event itself is aimed at university students. As UTC Sheffield OLP is already an established cyber-security entity, we were given special admittance to the competition, which boasts an impressive £1000 prize for the team who finishes with the most points.

Students involved in the competition made use of the facilities on offer at the UTC in order to prepare for the competition, which include a dedicated ‘dirty network’ to practice practical hacking skills in a safe environment.

The five-hour hacking event tested the students’ theoretical and practical knowledge within cyber security, including web-application exploitation, reverse engineering, and computer networking. The team came 37th out of 207 teams.

Year 12 student, Thomas Fairey said: “The cyber security capture-the-flag events provide a great opportunity to compete on a national and international level, earn prizes and just generally have fun.”

Head of Computing, Shaun Whorton, said: “The Hackback competition provides students with a safe and ethical environment to demonstrate their hacking knowledge and skills. As someone who’s worked in the cyber security industry, these types of events are a direct simulation of the situations ethical hackers face in their day-to-day working environment.

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