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Escape Rooms and Capture the Flag Experiences Bring Fun to InfoSec World 2018

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Who said security is not fun? InfoSec World 2018 Conference and Expo, scheduled for March 19-21 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, just got a whole lot more exciting! In addition to presenting attendees with innumerable opportunities to learn and share valuable cybersecurity knowledge, this year’s event also provides the chance to show off their security prowess via two interactive networking events—Living Security Escape Rooms and the Pros Vs. Joes Capture the Flag (CTF).

“Security conferences are vital for professionals to learn new things, share ideas and network,” said Katherine Teitler, Director of Content, MIS Training Institute (MISTI). “However, given the seriousness of the issues being discussed, it’s important that attendees also have a break for some light-hearted yet educational fun.”

One of the longest running annual conferences dedicated to the business of information security, InfoSec World is hosted by MISTI – the international leader in information security, audit and IT audit training.

Living Security Escape Rooms

An escape room is an interactive game where groups of people are locked in a room and have to solve puzzles and find clues to escape, all within a set time period. At InfoSec World 2018, Living Security will set-up twelve escape rooms from March 19-21. The escape rooms have puzzles related to security concepts that cybersecurity professionals engage with in real life.

The escape rooms run with a maximum of eight participants and a minimum of four. Participants have the choice of forming teams with co-workers or friends or signing-up individually to meet new people and network. Registered attendees will have the opportunity to sign up ahead of time or onsite with their team.

Pros Vs. Joes Capture the Flag

On March 20, between 12:00 – 5:00 PM ET, InfoSec World’s first-ever CTF will pit individuals and teams of security experts against each other to attack and penetrate servers, workstations, and networking devices. As part of the challenge they will attack a “real” corporate network – from mail servers, web servers, all the way to a VOIP phone system! It is real pentesting, with points, scoring and real people defending the systems.

As individuals or in teams of up to four participants, anyone who knows how to turn on a computer can participate. Experts will be on hand to guide participants in case they need help working through the challenge. However, for those wanting to tackle the challenge on their own, experience with reconnaissance, footprinting, attacking, exploiting as well as post-exploitation will be helpful to complete the CTF.

Participants’ progress will be tracked live on a big screen on the Expo floor. Individual and team prizes will be awarded at the Tech Solutions Theatre at the conclusion of the challenge. To register for the competition as a remote participant click here.

Other fun activities scattered throughout the conference program include a Beer Crawl, an opening party to welcome attendees and Rise ‘n Shine Breakfasts. A professional photographer will also be onsite on Tuesday to take headshots of anyone wanting to update their professional LinkedIn profile.

To learn more about what the conference has to offer as well as logistics, please visit: https://infosecworld.misti.com.

To become a part of this vibrant community of global information security experts, register today!

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Kirstie Magowan

Kirstie Magowan is the managing editor of IT Chronicles. Kirstie is an experienced journalist and publisher who has been working in the IT Service Management industry since 1999. Kirstie is a regular speaker at industry conferences globally.