Zain Innovation Campus holds cyber “Capture the Flag” Competition in MENA region

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AMMAN — Zain Innovation Campus launched the cyber security Capture-the-Flag competition (CTF) in the Arab world and North Africa, part of its continuous support for creative youth, it announced in a press statement.اضافة اعلان

The company aims to develop and enhance young people’s skills in the field of information security and programming, and to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security.

Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC) came up with the idea of the CTF competition that brought together talented cyber professionals from the Middle East and North Africa.

Seventeen countries – Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Lebanon, Yemen, Oman, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Bahrain, Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, and Iraq – took part in the two-day online competition (Friday and Saturday) which brought together 705 young men and women distributed in 394 teams.

Competitors tackled issues and challenges affecting different aspects of cyber security, such as reverse engineering, web security, digital forensics, and network security in order to come up with solutions. Each team received points for every challenge they resolved; the points were calculated based on the difficulty and the type of challenge.

Team Egypt won first place, earning a cash prize of JD3,000. Second place was won by another Egyptian team, with a cash prize of JD2,000, The third place team was Jordan’s, which won a JD1,000 prize.

The competition aims to enhance the skills of youths who are involved in information security and network protection, to help them acquire new cyber security skills, and to stimulate creativity, with a focus on the analytical skills of participants.

Such competitions are testimony to Zain’s interest in keeping up with modern and sophisticated technology that is needed in the labor market and interests the youth.

Zain is also a partner of Himayatech, the first specialized cyber security business incubator, which is run by Int@j and aims to increase interest in developing and establishing emerging cyber security companies to meet the Jordanian market’s need for such skills, as well as to contribute to Jordan’s progress in the global cyber security index.

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