2019 National Cyber Summit

Summit Speaker Dr. Josh Stroschein

Session Information

Capturing Their Attention: Utilizing Capture-The-Flag (CTF) Competitions To Create a Cyber Workforce
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 02:15PM - 03:00PM
Capture-the-flag (CTF) competitions provide dynamic, real-time environments intended to engage and challenge the participants. However, they are often not designed to be primarily educational, but rather participants learn as a by-product of their desire to complete a challenge. While engaging, this creates a dilemma in attempting to utilize a CTF in the classroom. Participants that are unable to receive assistance during a competition run the risk of being unable to successfully complete all learning objectives. This presentation will discuss the process of hosting a CTF utilizing current frameworks. We will then introduce a custom designed CTF framework that aspires to solve many of the difficulties inherent in the current CTF space. This framework aims to provide an educational CTF platform through the use of a novel help system. This approach maximizes learning and student engagement, opening the utility of such frameworks to the classroom.
North Hall - Salon 3
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Dr. Josh Stroschein
Assistant Professor
Dakota State University
Dr. Stroschein is a subject matter expert in malware analysis, reverse engineering and software exploitation. He is an Assistant Professor of Cyber Security at Dakota State University where he teaches malware analysis, reverse engineering, software exploitation and other related security topics. Dr. Stroschein is also an accomplished trainer, providing training in the aforementioned subject areas at BlackHat, DerbyCon and Hack-In-The-Box (Amsterdam). He is also the Director of Training for a Cyber Protection Team (CPT) for the Air National Guard in Des Moines, IA.