Grand Prize Winner, 1500 NZD : Covid_Brain
Round 1 Category Winner, 750 NZD
Date: June 4th - June 22nd
Round 0 is a qualifying one of capture-the-flag. Participants will individually search for runes (flags) hidden in each challenge. Yes! Seeking for runes and restoring rings!
Topics Round0 will cover, but not limited to:
Date: June 15th - June 22nd
There will be a special round for Waikato and Cardiff University students only. If you are a student from Waikato or Cardiff University, registered with your student email address, we will sort this challenge round for you.
Date: July 23rd
Location: The University of Waikato, Hamilton campus
Participants will be competing for capture-the-flag in "Teams"!
|Location: Gallagher Academy, Map|
|08:00 - 08:30||Morning Tea|
|08:45 - 18:00||Registration|
|09:00 - 09:15||The University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Speech|
|09:15 - 09:45||Keynote: Bhojraj Parmar, Mandiant
“The importance of Unity and Diversity in Cyber Security”
|09:45 - 10:15||Speaker 1: Hotanya Ragtah and Shofe Miraz, Cyber CX
“Getting Started in Security”
|10:15 - 10:45||Speaker 2: Stephen Logan, NZ Police
“The role of Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation in NZ Police”
|10:45 - 11:15||Speaker 3: Marjonel Montejo, Endace “Presentation on Endace – what we do, what it’s like to work for us, and our internship program”|
|11:15 - 11:45||Speaker 4: Liz E., National Cyber Security Centre
“Put yourself at the heart of NZ’s Cyber defence”
|11:45 - 12:15||Speaker 5: Vimal Kumar & Zijing Zhang, UOW
“AI for Human Centric Security”
|12:15 - 13:30||Networking Lunch|
|13:45 - 18:00||Talk: Cale Budd, Sam Hogan & Josh Hogan, UOW students
“Team Oceania and the International Cybersecurity Challenge”
Tutorial 1: CrypTool
Tutorial 2: Boot2root Side Challenge : Honeypot Boot2root
|Location: R Block Labs, The University of Waikato, Hamilton campus, Map|
|08:30 - 10:00||Registration and Waikato X Cardiff Practice session|
|09:15 - 09:30||Official Opening by the Head of School|
|09:30 - 09:45||Teams setup in labs and air horn|
|09:45 - 10:00||Dr. Vimal Kumar guides rules and regulations|
|10:00 - 11:30||Round 1 (Incident Response Quiz) - Team Event|
|11:30 - 12:45||Lunch/Fun Games|
|12:45 - 13:00||Teams setup in labs and air horn|
|13:00 - 16:30||Round 2 CTF - Team Event|
|16:30 - 17:00||Break / Scoring of Round 1 & 2|
|17:00 - 17:30||Prize giving and Wrap-up|
The tools that can be used for solving sepecific topics are listed below, but not limited to:
NZCSC is a multi-round New Zealand Cyber Security competition. Two of the rounds are CTFs and one is a Quiz based on Incident Response.
A CTF (Capture The Flag) is a cyber security exercise consisting of multiple puzzles/challenges. Each puzzle has a flag hidden somewhere and the challenge is to find the flag. The flag usually is a sequence of alphanumeric characters. Once you find a flag you get some points. The objective is the find as many flags as possible and collect points.
Anyone in New Zealand can participate in NZCSC.
NZCSC takes place in two stages. The first stage is online and open for everyone in New Zealand. The top 150 challengers will then be invited to the next stage which will take place at the University of Waikato’s Hamilton Campus.
In the first stage (online) participation is individual while you’ll participate in teams of 1-3, in the on campus event. If you know people who have qualified for the on campus stage you can team up with them, if you want to team up but don’t have a team we’ll help you find one.
No. You will use a standard university machine for the second stage.
Yes! There are plenty of prizes. See our homepage.
Side challenges at the NZCSC are small challenges with opportunities to win more prizes. You will need to bring your own machine for the side challenge though.
No. There is no fee to participate.
NZCSC will give out 10 travel grants, each worth 250 NZD to high school or tertiary students travelling to Hamilton.
Established in 2012, CROW is a research group located in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Waikato.
With the emergence of cloud computing technologies and prevalent mobile device usage, we are witnessing the diminishing effectiveness of traditional cyber security approaches such as perimeter defence, intrusion detection and infrastructure hardening.
To address this, CROW focuses on six major themes: Provenance, User-Centricity, Visualisation, Economics, Hardware, and Tools & Datasets. Together, these six themes enable the return of control of data to users, thereby reducing reliance on third-party vendors or trust relationships commonly found in most cyber security contracts today
The 2021 NZ Cyber Security Challenge was held online with Round 0, Round 1 and 2 were on-campus.
Grand Prize Winner - Sponsored By Bhojraj Parmar: Rhys Davies
Round 2 Category Winner
Notice regarding NZCSC 2021: After the culmination of NZCSC'21 it was brought to our attention that some challenges were plagiarized from sources on the internet. The NZCSC organisers reported this to the employer of the person who created and submitted the challenges to be used in NZCSC. The employer took swift and strictest possible action for the misconduct. The NZCSC values integrity above everything else and the team was deeply saddened with the discovery. We apologise to all NZCSC'21 participants for this oversight and assure everyone that we have now put measures in place to ensure this does not happen again.
The 2020 NZ Cyber Security Challenge was held online with Round 0, Round 1 and a purple team challenge all held online
Grand Winner: Jamie McClymont
Team 'The Password Inspectors' - Jamie McClymont, Rhys Davies.
Congratulations to all the Cyber Security Challenge competitors of 2019. This year, the challengers took on the Internet of Things with the focus on - forensics, reverse engineering, steganography, web-application security and cryptography.
Now UC Me (Joshua & Sam Hogan, University)
Thonking (Cameron Li & Jason Xu)
Arrays start at 1 (Ethyn Gillies & Marshall Patty)
Frozen Orange (Orion Edwards & Thilanka Priyankara)
Gradyhooker (Grady Hooker).
Team Elliptic Curveballs - Logan Krippner, Jacob Cheatley and Michael Jang.
Team Octocats - Jamie McClymont and Abigail Koay
Team UniHack - Rajat Rokhade, Debac Manikandan and Arnav Gogia
The NZ Cyber Security Challenge 2018 (NZCSC'18) hovered into action with a drone challenge for Round 1 & 2 contestants at the University of Waikato campus.
Challengers tested their hacking skills as they attempted to take charge of a drone controlled by a host's smartphone and intercept photos taken by the drone's camera. Prizes were awarded to the successful hackers.
NZCSC'18 action also included training sessions with some of the best, opportunities to kickstart a cyber security career at the job fair and talks by some of the movers and shakers in the industry.
Round 0 online qualifying round took place from June 18-29, with the top 150 moving on to Rounds 1 and 2 on July 14 at the University.
2017 challenge known for Challenge Winner Repeat Performance .
It was a repeat performance by the overall champions team Arcton, Nathaniel Watson, Jeremy Symon and Grady Hooker took out last year's Challenge.
Representing industry, they walked away with a cheque for $2500 and NetHui fellowships. Jeremy is currently doing a Masters of Computer Science at Waikato and working at Gallagher, and Grady and Nathaniel are former Waikato Computer Science students now working in the computer science industry.
Overall runners-up 418ShortAndStout - Michael Robertson and Brent Vollebregt - placed top in the tertiary division and took home $1800.
Top performers in the high school division after Rounds 1 and 2, SQL Sharks twins Sam and Josh Hogan also took out first place in the new Policy Round. Contestants were tested on responsible disclosures, asked to critique a really badly-written cyber policy, and suggest incident response next steps for a fictitious event.
The winning team from the industry division after Rounds 1 and 2 were Jack Haystead, Daniel Tebbutt and Declan ter Veer-Burke. They took home a cheque for $1800.
NZCSC'17 hit all the right keys with VIPs from the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and INTERPOL attending. GCSB director Andrew Hampton told the Challengers it wasn't long ago that people were saying cyber security should be on the agenda but now the agenda is cyber security.
Although, In this year's Challenge CROW collaborated with Japan's National Institute of Communications and Information Technology ( NICT ) to up the ante in the visualisation of the attack and defend networks of the competition. CROW member Cameron Brown worked with Koei Suzuki to customise the NIRVANA Kai visualisation to show network traffic between the Round 3 servers. The collaboration is mutually beneficial as NICT will utilise CROW technology in the future. NICT supply the visualisations for Japan's largest cyber security competition SECCON.
Team Name: Hodor (462,250 points)
Team Members: Sjoerd de Feijter, Matthew Stringer, Vladimir Petko
Industry category team, representing Gallagher Group
Due to the popularity of the competition in 2015, we introduced an online qualifying round, Round Zero. 267 participants registered for Round Zero and attempted the challenges between the 17 June - 1st July, after which the Top 150 were chosen to attend the competition on the 14 and 15 July.
Participants competed in two rounds: Round One, a capture-the-flag style challenge and Round Two, a Red team vs. Blue team game where the Blue teams had to defend their vulnerable servers from attacks from the Red teams, which consisted of an Industry Professional from Gallagher and two CROW members.
Team Name: Ter B
NZCSC'15 was open to all of New Zealand and participants were split into 3 categories: Secondary, Tertiary, and Industry/Open.
The competition had 2 rounds: Round 1 was a capture-the-flag style challenge. Round 2, open to the top 5 teams of Round 1, was a Red team vs. Blue team style challenge where 5 Blue teams defended their systems against the Red team, which included Industry professionals from Insomnia Security and PWC Digital.
The first instalment of the Cyber Security Challenge was open to University of Waikato students only.
CSC'14 had a single round - a capture-the-flag style challenge where the students participants solved challenges to acquire flags. The event served its purpose: to gauge students' interest in a Cyber Security-themed competition. Over 70 students registered, attended the training and paticipated in the competition, which encouraged the organisers to plan the next CSC.