Transport Ministry Announces Qatar Threat Hunters Competition

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gulf Times -- The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), in association with the ITU Arab Regional Cybersecurity Centre (ARCC), has announced Qatar Threat Hunters 2018 competition for youths aged 17-24 years.


The ministry has invited all Qatari talents who have unique skills in the realm of cybersecurity to join the competition via Registration is open until August 7.


This national competition is a part of the Arab Threat Hunter competition, organized by ITU-ARCC for Arab youth to develop their skills and talents in the field. The competition’s aim is to qualify and prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and specialists and harness their capabilities for competing regionally and globally.


As the cybersecurity skills gap continues to grow both in the private and public sectors, cybersecurity competitions have been recognized worldwide as an effective method for finding new cybersecurity talents and foster the development of the required cybersecurity competences.


The competition revolves around several questions and challenges on cybersecurity domains such as ethical hacking, system exploitation, ICT infrastructure and system protection, computer forensics and malware analysis. It consists of four phases.


The competition consists of four phases. In the registration and pre-selection phase, interested participants can join the competition until August 7.


The second phase is the national semi-finals, which will take place on August 16. In this phase, a webpage will be dedicated, for each participating country, on the competition website and the top 50 participants, according to the highest scores and time consumed, will be selected.


The third phase is the National Final Round taking place in September. In this phase, the MoTC, represented by the Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team (Q-CERT), will host the 50 qualified participants in a single location that will be decided later. Those 50 will compete at the Qatar level in order to select the top three that will compete regionally at the level of Arab countries, which takes place in October via the portal of the competition where participants from all Arab countries will compete in the first three awards.


The competition winners are going to be awarded during the Regional Cybersecurity Week 2018 for the Arab Region in Kuwait, to be held from October 21-25.


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