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Global Defense CTF

Huntsville High Cyber Security Seniors hosted a Capture the Flag competition for the underclass students at Huntsville High last week.  Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions are designed to serve as an educational exercise to give participants experience in  conducting and reacting to the sort of cyber attacks found in the real world.  Reverse-engineering, network sniffing, protocol analysis, system administration, programming, and cryptanalysis are all skills which were required at the Global Defense CTF.  Upon solution each problem produced a FLAG.  The first to capture each FLAG received a bonus with additional points given to every other team that also arrived at the solution. In addition to traditional FLAGS the seniors added Security+ and Network+ related questions to help prepare the students in preparation for their upcoming certification exams.  The hypervisor will be used in upcoming years to facilitate the Cyber Curriculum and CyberPatriot team at HHS.

With donations and support from H2L solutions, The Optimus Club and Nothing But Noodles restaurant, the senior students built and configured a Type 1 Hypervisor to host the competition on multiple virtual machines.  Two virtual machines were used for hosting web and file server problems and the third virtual machine was used to host the CTF competition.  To complete the project, seniors had to install and configure each server and built game content.

The contest completed on Friday, April 19th followed by an awards ceremony where the top 20 finishers received prizes ranging from t-shirts to gift cards.  Josh Cantrell, John Dill, Sean Szymanski and Zach Barbre were the top performers of the CTF.