SQU Media/Santhosh Muthalath
The final round of Oman National Cyber Security CTF Competition organized by the Arab Regional Cyber Security center and Cyber Talents with Micro Trend as a strategic partner, and hosted by Oman CERT, was held in SQU on November 11, 2017. The Cyber-Security competition is where participants demonstrate their technical ability in cyber security field. Winners of Oman National CTF will be directly qualified to play in the Arab Finals in December.
The competition orientation sessions were held in different colleges and universities in Oman between 25- 28 September 2017. The completion Online qualification will be during 26- 28 October 2017, and the final round was held on 11 November 2017 in Sultan Qaboos University. Nine teams from 10 educational institutions in the Sultanate were qualified to participate in the final of the competition. The final round is called "Get the Flag", where it contains several challenges for contestants in teams 9 in various areas of information security. The team of the largest number of flags is considered the winner of the competition nationally.
In the competition, the first place was won by "INFSSec" Team, which includes Rami Al-Amri, Abdul Rahman BaOmar and Dr. Mohammed Al Fairuz. The second place was bagged by the team is "Anonymous" that consists of Abdul Aziz Ambusaidi and Marwan Al Maamari. "Oman's Digital Army” team, which consists of Said Al-Bahari, Ahmed Al-Reesi and Hazza Al-Fahdi won the third place. The first team will be crowned with the opportunity to travel and stay in Egypt from Trend Micro to participate in the regional cyber security competition among Arab countries at Cairo Security Camp.
At the closing Ceremony, Ms. Aziza Al Rashidi, Director of Cyber Security Services at the National Center for Information Safety in the Information Technology Authority, Mr. Mohammed Khan, Major Account Manager at Trend Micro, and Dr. Kamla Al-Busaidi, Head of Information Systems Department spoke about the competition and its importance to the Sultanate as the first competition in the field of information security.
Commenting on their victory in the in the competition, the SQU information student Abdulrahman BaOmar said that the competition enabled us to apply their skills and capabilities in cybersecurity. “Thanks to Allah and the continuous support of the faculty in the Department of Information Systems at the college of Economics and Political Science, we were able to win first place in the competition". Rami Al Amri added: "The competition was a great experience for us. We gained the knowledge in the field of cybersecurity and thanks to Allah, we got the first place and the honor of representing the Sultanate at the level of the Arab world. Dr. Mohammed added, "The atmosphere of the Oman Cyber Security Competition was beautiful and competitive among all the participating teams, which returned the scientific benefit to students and participants, and strengthened the spirit of cooperation and teamwork in accomplishing difficult tasks and achieving goals. The competition created the experienced students and encouraged them to make more efforts to understand the secrets of cybersecurity and participate again in the upcoming competitions to promote this knowledge and develop and refined better".
Dr. Kamla said that hosting the final round of Oman National Cyber Security CTF Competition in SQU is to promote and emphasize on the importance of the information systems and cyber security, and to have Sultan Qaboos University as the leading academic institution in the country and the region in the field and to provide a platform for any national level competition for students in Oman to network, exchange ideas and expertise, and demonstrate and polish skills. “We are proud and honored that SQU information systems won the competition and we wish them the best of success in the regional final round. Our sincere thanks and appreciation for the college and the university for the unlimited support, and ITA Oman CERT with key organizers Arab Regional Cyber Security center and Cyber Talents with Micro Trend as a strategic partner for excellent organization for the first time in Oman . Most importantly, our thanks go to the students (Oman cyber talents) for their hard work, commitment and enthusiastic and positive spirit during the competition”, she said.