The competition, which is held annually, mimics a real-world scenario where the participating teams run, maintain and secure networked computer systems to defend their cyber environment from external attacks.
The attacks are unleashed from a pool of qualified penetration testers and scoring is based on the period a team can keep its services running, the speed at which they can recover after an attack and general professional conduct.
The competition officials were impressed by the NUST team’s professional demeanor.
“The officials were also immensely impressed by the level of security on services running on Linux (a computer operating system), saying that the services had been so well secured by the NUST team that they failed to penetrate the system. They eventually resorted to using insider attacks to get access,” said Mercy Chitauro, a lecturer in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, and the NUST team coach.
Students that participated in the competition affirm the value of the high level education they are receiving at the University. Last year the NUST team won this competition.
The competition organising committee at NUST expressed gratitute to various companies for the sponsorships that enabled the team to participate in the international competition. The main sponsors were: KPMG, Business Connexion- Namibia (BCX), Telecomm Namibia, CSS Tactical Security, Green Enterprise Solutions (Pty) Ltd, XON Systems Namibia, Office of the President, Cornerstone, New Point Electronics Systems, and the Namibian Police.
The next local competition will be held on the 6th of October this year and the organisers are inviting industry to once again be involved either through donations or availing themselves as judges.
There is also an opportunity for high schools and colleges to participate and represent Namibia on international events.