HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 18 August 2021 - ( ; ),
cybersecurity leader, today
announced the 7th annual global Capture the Flag competition. The
Raimund Genes Cup empowers upcoming and established security professionals to
hone and test their skills on the world stage.
The risk of
cyber attacks continues to put pressure on organizations and CISOs who rely on
skilled security professionals to protect corporate systems. However, according
to a recent (ISC)2 study  ,
in 2020 there was an estimated shortage of over 3 million cybersecurity
professionals globally. Trend Micro is passionate about bridging this gap and
equipping more security professionals globally to meet this growing need.
learn more and to register your team for the online qualifying round, please
visit: www.trendmicro.com/ctf .
past year we've seen organizations around the globe struggle to cope with
surging cybercrime as critical IT assets and end users become more
distributed," said Mike Gibson, vice president of customer success and security
research for Trend Micro. "As skills shortages persist, it's vital we encourage
more to join the industry. Honoring the memory of our former CTO, the Trend
Micro CTF – Raimund Genes Cup provides an ideal platform for the world's best
cyber talent to practice their skills and learn from new challenges."
competition takes place over two rounds: an online qualifier and virtual finals
event. The online qualifier will run over a 24-hour period from September 18-19
(Japan Standard Time). Teams of competitors will face Jeopardy-style questions
to test their problem-solving skills.
The top 10
will qualify for the virtual finals, which will once again take place online on
December 18-19, in the form of a Dynamic Jeopardy competition.
rounds of competition, teams will be tasked with problems in various critical
areas of cybersecurity including IoT, mobile, AI, exploitation and OSINT.
team from the finals will receive 1,000,000 Japanese Yen (approximately $71,700
HKD). Each player from the winning team will also receive 15,000 Zero Day
Initiative Rewards Program points, to help earn exclusive awards and benefits.
The second and third place teams receive 300,000 JPY and 200,000 JPY, ($21,500
HKD and $14,350 HKD respectively). In addition, the virtual final winners will
automatically be seeded in the 2022 competition.
teams from 66 countries competed in 2020 and demand is set to be similarly high
for this year's event.
is committed to encouraging more new talent into the industry with showcase
events like CTF and Pwn2Own, and programs such as Close
the Gap, which aims
to support more gender diverse applicants as they search for new career
opportunities. This approach is proven effective, with new researchers and
engineers joining Trend Micro after participating in regional CTF events.