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Trend Micro dedicates its 2018 ‘Capture The Flag’ event to late CTO Raimund Genes

The Trend Micro CTF 2018 – Raimund Genes Cup will have teams from around the world to demonstrate their skills and challenge their knowledge in critical areas of cybersecurity

Global cybersecurity giant Trend Micro is dedicating its fourth annual ‘Capture The Flag’ (CTF) competition to its late CTO Raimund Genes, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack last year at his family home in Germany.

Genes was a great advocate of cybersecurity, breach notification, and individual privacy. His ways of letting the audience understand the complex issue of cybersecurity easily had won the heart of many students, IT heads and journalists across the globe.

The Trend Micro CTF 2018 – Cup will have teams from around the world to demonstrate their skills and challenge their knowledge in critical areas of cybersecurity protection including cybercrimes, targeted attacks, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

According to the Japanese multinational firm, they host nearly 20 CTFs each year around the world, including the main global event. The company also hosts 10 contests in collaboration with the Organization of American States, for women across Latin America.

Trend Micro said that this year CTF consists of two rounds: an online qualifier and the finals. Taking place on September 15-16, the online qualifier will include Jeopardy-style questions that will challenge teams to solve various security problems quickly. The top 10 teams will qualify for the finals, which will take place in Tokyo, Japan on December 15-16. The finals present both King of the Hill and Jeopardy-style questions to further test the teams’ skills.

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The winning team from the finals will receive about $9,000 along with 15,000 Zero Day Initiative Rewards Program points per player. The second and third place teams will receive about $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.

“We recognised there was a growing need for more strong professionals, so four years ago we began our global CTF to encourage and develop these critical skills in young professionals. By honing these capabilities in more professionals we are doing our part to minimize the skills shortage,” said Eva Chen, chief executive officer for Trend Micro.

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