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Congratulations to our winners!


Grand Prize Winner - Sponsored By Bhojraj Parmar: Rhys Davies

Round 2 Category Winner
  • HighSchool Category: Andrew Rider
  • Tertiary/University Category: Cale Budd
  • Industry/Open Category: Rhys Davies
Round 2 Category Runner-up
  • HighSchool Category: Misha Pavlov
  • Tertiary/University Category: Sam Redmond
  • Industry/Open Category: Grady Hooker
Round 1 Category Winner
  • HighSchool Category: Finn Robinson
  • Tertiary/University Category: Ethan Mckee-Harris
  • Industry/Open Category: Brendan Laing
Individual Challenge Rewards
Medium Challenges
  • Challenge 6: Logan Krippner
  • Challenge 7: Kushan Fernando
  • Challenge 9: Cale Budd
  • Challenge 13: Sam Redmond
  • Challenge 15: Logan Warner
Hard Challenges
  • Challenge 8: Jamie McClymont

The NZCSC is BACK !

The New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge is back for the 2021 edition and lots of cash prizes to be won. The challenges will be topics such as cryptography, web security, steganography, reverse engineering, social engineering, digital forensics etc.


There will be 10 X $250 travel grants available to deserving out of town participants traveling to Hamilton for Rounds 1 and 2.

The distribution of travel grants will be on the discretion of NZCSC organisers.




PLATINUM SPONSORS

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GOLD SPONSORS

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SILVER SPONSORS

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ORGANISERS

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The Schedule

The Organisers have the right to modify the agenda


important dates


  • Round 00: 1st June 09:00 - 18th June 17:59

  • Round 01 & 02: 17th July

 
NZCSC'21 On-campus Day Schedule (17 July)
Time Event
Morning (Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts)
8:00 - 8:30 Morning tea
8:30 - 8:45 Opening (Annika Hinze)
8:45 - 9:15 Keynote (NZ Police: Deane Searle)
9:15 - 9:45 Talk1 (Insomnia: Adam Couper)
9:45 - 10:15 Talk2 (SecurityLit: Ankita Dhakar)
10:15 - 10:30 AIHCS Talk (UoW: Vimal Kumar)
10:30 - 11:00 Talk3 (Endace: Mofassir Haque)
11:00 - 12:30 Job Fair & Lunch + NCSC Intro
Afternoon (R Block)
12:45 - 1:45 Round1: Incident response quiz
2:00 - 4:30 Round2: CTF
4:30 - 5:30 Closing + Prizing giving

History


NZCSC 2020

WHAT HAPPENED?

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

Category Winners

  • HighSchool Category: Technocoder(Zhiyuan Qi)
  • Tertiary/University Category: Dast(Daniel Stokes)
  • Industry/Open Category: Jamie McClymont
The Top 10
  • Dast (Daniel Stokes)
  • Tomais Williamson
  • Jamie McClymont
  • Logan Krippner
  • Technocoder(Zhiyuan Qi)
  • ZerOne (Sam Redmond)
  • Samdaman (Sam Hogan)
  • Fromage (Joshua Hogan)
  • Michael Jang
  • RavSS (Ravjot Singh Samra)
Individual Challenge Rewards
Medium Challenges
  • Challenge 4: Fromage (Joshua Hogan)
  • Challenge 5: Toby Heitland
  • Challenge 7: Gittarackur (Ryo Sugiyama)
Hard Challenges
  • Challenge 8: Fromage (Joshua Hogan)
  • Challenge 10: Jamie McClymont
  • Challenge 11: Jamie McClymont
  • Challenge 12: Jamie McClymont


NZCSC 2019

FIRST PLACE

Team 'The Password Inspectors' - Jamie McClymont, Rhys Davies.

GrandWinner

WHAT HAPPENED?

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.

RUNNER-UP OF TERTIARY CATEGORY

Now UC Me (Joshua & Sam Hogan, University)

WINNER OF SECONDARY CATEGORY

Thonking (Cameron Li & Jason Xu)

RUNNER-UP OF SECONDARY CATEGORY

Arrays start at 1 (Ethyn Gillies & Marshall Patty)

RUNNER-UP OF SECONDARY CATEGORY

Frozen Orange (Orion Edwards & Thilanka Priyankara)

RUNNER-UP OF INDUSTRY CATEGORY

Gradyhooker (Grady Hooker).


NZCSC 2018

FIRST PLACE

Team Elliptic Curveballs - Logan Krippner, Jacob Cheatley and Michael Jang.

GrandWinner

Women's Technical Challenge Champions

Team Octocats - Jamie McClymont and Abigail Koay

Drone challenge winners

Team UniHack - Rajat Rokhade, Debac Manikandan and Arnav Gogia

WHAT HAPPENED?

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.


CSC 2017



FIRST PLACE

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.

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RUNNERS UP

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.



WHAT HAPPENED?

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.


competition-software

CSC 2016



FIRST PLACE

team Name: Hodor (462,250 points)
team Members: Sjoerd de Feijter, Matthew Stringer, Vladimir Petko
industry category team, representing Gallagher Group

RUNNERS UP

First Runner-Up

Team Name: Solo Team(406,160 points)
Team Members: Michael Robertson, 17 years old,
Secondary School Category team, representing Cambridge High School.

Second Runner-Up

Team Name: Arcton(386,300 points)
Team members: jeremy Symon, Nathaniel Watson, Grady Hooker
Tertiary category team, representing University of Waikato Faculty of Computing And Mathematical Sciences



WHAT HAPPENED?

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.



CSC 2015

FIRST PLACE

team Name: ter B

RUNNERS UP

First Runner-Up

Team Name: DoubleMC

Second Runner-Up

Team Name: Kanye4Prez



WHAT HAPPENED?

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.



CSC 2014

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.


CHALLENGE OVERVIEW





COMPETITION

All participants should register and compete individually in Round 0, 1 & 2.

ROUND 0 (QUALIFYING ROUND)

1st June 09:00 - 18th June 17:59

location : ONLINE

Round 0 is a qualifying one of capture-the-flag. After the Round0 closes, the top 150 participants will be invited to Round 01 & 02.

Details for Round0 will be sent to registered participants on the 31st May. Round0 will be available from 1st June 09:00 until 18th June 17:59.

Topics Round 0 will cover:

  • Cryptography
  • Steganography
  • Web Security
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Social Engineering
  • Digital Forensics

ROUND 01 & 02

17th July

location : The University of Waikato, Hamilton campus.

After qualifying, the top 150 participants will compete individually in Round 1 & 2.


PRIZES

THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER - Sponsored By Bhojraj Parmar

WINNER OF THE COMPETITION AFTER ROUND 2

$1000


CATEGORY WINNER

WINNER FOR EACH CATEGORY AFTER ROUND 1: SECONDARY, TERTIARY/UNIVERSITY, INDUSTRY/OPEN

$200 per category

WINNER FOR EACH CATEGORY AFTER ROUND 2: SECONDARY, TERTIARY/UNIVERSITY, INDUSTRY/OPEN

$500 per category


CATEGORY RUNNER-UP

RUNNER-UP FOR EACH CATEGORY AFTER ROUND 2: SECONDARY, TERTIARY/UNIVERSITY, INDUSTRY/OPEN

$200 per category


CHALLENGE REWARDS

Medium complexity challenge

$50 per challenge

Hard challenges

$100 per challenge


REGULATIONS

RULES & ELLIGIBILITY

COVERS RULES AND ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION

RULES & ELIGIBILITY pdf


ETHICS AGREEMENT

COVERS ETHICAL BEHAVIOUR DURING THE TECHNICAL COMPETITION

ETHICS AGREEMENT pdf


CODE OF CONDUCT

COVERS CODE OF CONDUCT DURING THE ENTIRE COMPETITION

CODE OF CONDUCT pdf

CROW-NZ's First Cyber Security Lab

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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

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