ECSC Team UK F2F online qualifiers now live

Posted — 04.02.2019

Play now to earn your place at the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) Team UK Qualifier F2F on 22 March 2019. Special thanks to Santander, who will be hosting the F2F, and to Rangeforce for developing the challenges.

It doesn’t matter in which order you try the two tasks. Even our game developers admit that Module 1 is tough! Ease yourself in with Module 2 and go back to 1 later. Those high scores count, but so does being in it to win it! Make sure you attempt both and show off your full set of skills – but you could still be in with a chance of securing a place at the F2F even if you don’t complete both qualifiers.

You have until 12pm on 4 March 2019 to log in or register and play . Remember that you only have one chance to submit your response. Good luck!

Santander Team UK F2F qualifier module 1

This challenge is designed to test your skills in attack strategies and testing security. You’re a field agent of an elite Digital Crimes Unit and your task is to investigate a web server. There are three flags to find, and you have 8 hours and only one attempt to solve it! It’s rated medium in terms of difficulty.

This game can be found under Attack strategies, testing security – Medium; POD ID 241.

Santander Team UK F2F qualifier module 2

This game is designed to test network defence skills as well as knowledge of technical security and controls. Your task is to investigate two objects, a corrupt flash drive and a pcap (packet capture) file. Finding the secrets contained within these two objects is crucial to an ongoing investigation! This is also rated as medium in terms of difficulty, and once again you have a maximum of 8 hours to complete it.

Find the game under Network defence, technical security and controls – Medium; POD 242.

The top scorers from both qualifying rounds who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to attend this event. Here, contestants will compete to be selected to represent Team UK at the European Cyber Security Challenge Finals 2019, taking place in early October 2019 and hosted by Romania.

Team UK has 10 places up for grabs, and contestants must be UK Nationals, aged 25 or under, with at least five being aged 14-20 and available for travel during the first 2 weeks of October 2019 as the date for the final have yet to be confirmed. 

Competition Rules

The online games are open to anyone to play, but to be in with a chance of winning a place at the ECSC2019 Team UK Qualifier F2F, you must take note of the above and meet the eligibility criteria explained here:
  • Only one entry per registered account holder will be accepted, multiple entries via different accounts will result in disqualification.
  • If you have any issues with any of these qualifiers or need help, please get in touch with competitions@cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk
  • The qualifiers close at 12pm on Monday 4 March 2019. If you’ve scored highly and meet our eligibility criteria, you will receive an invitation to attend the Santander ECSC2019 Team UK Qualifier F2F event on 21-22 March 2019 taking place in Leicester. You will also be expected to attend some training sessions as required, online or in person.