Government Technology website has an article about an information security challenge:
At 10:49 a.m. last Friday, Prof. Dan Manson cupped his hands over his mouth and shouted to seven teams of five eager people that they could begin a virtual Capture the Flag competition at the 2011 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camp at Cal Poly Pomona.The players manned laptops and began the simulation in which they entered a network to infiltrate servers, conduct penetration tests, analyze attacks and contents of files, overtake control of networked services and crack passwords.
This sounds like a great idea to bring the talented people who are really interested in Information Security into the field and provide real opportunities for them. As a fairly seasoned InfoSec professional this is something that I would definitely be interested in attending. The learning experience alone that this could provide sounds amazing. Being able to hang out with other InfoSec professionals for a week, with a common goal of information sharing, gathering and protection.
According to this school of thought, those who belong to organizations like LulzSec, the group responsible for hacking into the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s computersin June 2011, might have gone down a more law-abiding path if they’d been reached at the right time by programs like the challenge.