Swiss Cyber Hackathon (CTF)


Simulating Real World Cyber Scenarios – Educational Cyber Competition of Defending your Environment and Attacking your Opponents

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Statements for 2018

Team ETH
Swiss Cyber Hackathon 2018 was a perfect opportunity for us to test our skills against other teams. The infrastructure was perfect and allowed us to focus on attacking the other teams and defending our services. We are looking forward for Swiss Cyber Hackathon 2019.
Team Banque Pictet & Cie SA
Pictet was pleased to participate in the Swiss Cyber Hackathon 2018. The particularity of this competition is the Attack/Defense CTF model that emulates a real-life situation where security teams are given assets to protect. Nevertheless, bare no mistakes, this competition requires different skill sets such as developers for web-app defense. The major outcome of the SCH? Training and transversal team communication & coordination!
Team Swisscom (Schweiz) AG
The Swiss Cyber Hackathon CTF was a really successful event! The setup was outstanding, the content exciting, demanding but appropriate. It’s a very good possibility to train different technical skills in the team.
For UBS the Swiss Cyber Hackathon is a highlight during the year! It’s a great learning experience for everyone, fosters teamwork, and motivates our Cybersecurity talent. It’s a great opportunity to measure your skills against like-minded peers.

General Information

CPE Credits Earn 10.5 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) for attending this CTF, please request a confirmation.
Location UBS Building VZVB, Max Högger-Strasse 82, Altstetten-Zürich
Date of Event 24th of September 2020

Do you like to have a WebEx and get more details? Just send us a request here

Language English

Capture the Flag (CTF) Challenges

Attack and Defence 3 challenges whereby each team is given a machine (hardware) and applications to defend. Teams are scored on both, their success in defending their systems and on their success in attacking the other team’s systems. Teams may either be attempting to take an opponent’s flag (gold nugget) from their machine or attempting to plant their own flag on their opponent’s machine (evidence nugget).
Jeopardy 8 challenges, which contains a variety of questions of different point values and difficulties. Teams attempt to earn the most points in the competition’s time frame, but do not directly attack each other. this style of game play encourages taking time to approach solving challenges and prioritizes quantity of correct submissions over the timing.
Preparation Prior to the event for each Attack and Defence challenge a description, missions for the attack/ defence teams and the details of the system(s) in scope will be provided. Furthermore some examples of jeopardy challenges will be provided to provide a general idea what to expect at the day of the event.

Team Composition (6 – 8 members)
Individuals please send an email – we try to put together teams

Team Leader Oversee and manage the defenders and attackers of the team and act as main contact person for the organiser.
Attackers Exploit opponent’s apps / systems, solve jeopardy challenges (skillset: web security, crypto, reverse engineering, etc.)
Defenders Fix vulnerabilities and care about automation of attacks (skillset: JAVA, JAVA, PHP, NODE.JS, FRAMEWORKS LIKE PLAY).
Tools and Devices Development environment and a set of hacking tools. For the latter, LiveCD environment would be one possible option. Each user may bring one laptop each (plus one additional server per team). Teams can also bring a switch – it’s not needed, but perhaps they prefer cable-bound over WiFi.
Training Training session will be organized prior to the event incl. Q&A to provide inside in CTF components and rules
09:00 am Arrival and registration
09:45 am Opening
10:00 am Start CTF
01:00 pm Lunch
02:00 pm Resume CTF
06:00 pm End CTF
06:30 pm Debriefing, closure and Apéro

Costs per team

Fr. 7’900.— for a team

Fr. 975.— for individuals and we try to build a team

(including lunch, beverages and Apéro afterwards)

If you are interested to take part with a team or even if you personally would like to be a member in a team, just send us an email.

Cancellations of registration are free of charge until 30 days before. Cancellations received beyond this point will incur 100% of the admission fee. You will get an invoice for the respective amount. In any case, however, a delegate may be sent at no additional costs.

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Teams 2018

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Statements from 2019

Thanks for organizing the event, it was a lot of fun and quite a challenge!

The Swiss Cyber Hackathon 2019 has been a great experience like the years before. We have had an interesting day and could learn a lot. I look forward to the next Swiss Cyber Hackathon in 2020.

The Cyber Hackathon was a great experience and we are already looking forward to next year!
Leading Swiss Luxury Company

Big thanks for you and SIGS for Swiss Cyber Hackaton! We really enjoyed the event and can’t wait for the next edition.

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