For the first time in Zimbabwe, there is CyberSecurity contest being brought to you by Capture the Flag (CTF) from 25 September to 1 October 2019.

Participants are to solve a variety of cyber-related tasks ranging from analyzing captured network data for secret information, to hacking your way into a server to steal data. In these challenges, the contestant is asked to find a specific piece of text or a file that may be hidden on the server or behind a webpage. That hidden data or file is called the flag, hence the name, CTF!.


The contest is open to anyone who is interested in CyberSecurity irrespective of age and gender. To join the contest one has to register his/her team online, click here, website page from 18 September 2019 – 24 September 2019.

The contest is done as a team and the sizes of the teams that can attempt the challenge can range from one person to a maximum of four individuals per team.

Participants are promised a prize for the winning and they will also have the bragging rights as the winners of the first-ever Zim CTF Contest.

In the contest, there will be a set of challenges that will need to be completed as is the standard model with CTFs. In this case, it will be time-based, so the first team to complete the challenge, submit a flag and the accompanying report of how they completed the challenge will be the victor.

The coordinators of the CTF will need a report from the participants on the steps taken in order to overcome the challenges. If your team prefer to submit the report in video format, they also accommodate that.

The CTF model will be in two phases; Phase 1 This will involve the Entry Round and Elimination Round challenges which will all be done by teams remotely and online and Phase 2 This will be onsite in Harare where the Top Five teams will battle it out to see who becomes the winner. 


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