Bill Cullifer here with the World Organization of Webmasters, (a non-profit professional association for Web professionals worldwide) (WOW).
We are media sponsors for HostingCon this year and the organization sponsoring a unique Information Security Competition entitled the “WOW Iron Chef of Information Security Competition”. This event’s been featured on CNN, is educational, fun and allows security and admins that know security to strut their stuff!
If you haven’t heard of this yet, I’d like to invite you to take a closer look.
Please consider participating as a challenger, it’s FREE and here’s the details:
For a look at past events joinwow.org/ironchef (sorry new to board and can't post full link(:
Calling all Web Administrators, Security Specialist and Network Engineers!
This event will challenge Web Administrators and Network and Security Specialists to evaluate and fix the security vulnerabilities present in an Internet DMZ architecture. The event will occur live during the HostingCon 2006 conference and give the audience a first-hand look at how security professionals perform their jobs. The competition will be a head-to-head format with each team competing against the clock and the other teams.
Who Will Reign Supreme?
Contestants will submit two person teams of Security and/or Network Engineers who will identify and fix security problems in a pre-configured network and server architecture. The event will last a full day with the following stages and schedule:
11:00am - Start – Teams gain access to the architecture
11:30am – 3:00 pm – Analysis and Fix – Teams assess the architecture, identify security problems, and fix security problems
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Presentation – Each team will present the security problems they found and how they corrected the problem
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Judgment – A panel of judges will analyze the results using agreed upon criterion and determine a winner
5:00 pm – Winner announced
George A. Roberts IV HostingCon2006 Conference Chair said, “This is a one of a kind event that will allow the best and brightest in infrastructure security to show off their talents,” said George A. Roberts IV, Executive Director of HostingCon 2006. “We’re extremely pleased to be able to partner with WOW to bring the Iron Chef of Information Security to HostingCon 2006.”
Making the Grade
The teams must have no knowledge of the exact architecture used prior to the contest. The DMZ architecture will have known security vulnerabilities. Each of the vulnerabilities will be assigned a point value based on the degree of difficulty. Teams will register vulnerabilities as they find them with the judges, and a running point total will be displayed showing each teams progress. A bonus will be awarded to the team that finds each unique vulnerability first. However, technical points alone will not determine a winner.
Participants will be required to demonstrate their findings and their communications skills in front of an audience consisting of a panel of esteem judges hand selected by WOW, the press and an audience of conference and exhibit attendees.
To be considered as a contestant, participating judge or event sponsors applications are now being accepted please contact me at billATjoinwow.org
For a complete list of details and past WOW Iron Chef events visit the WOW call for participation website located at joinwow.org/ironchef.
World Organization of Webmasters is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the support of individuals and organizations who create, manage or market web sites. WOW provides education as well as certification, technical, employment and member advantage services to thousands of aspiring and practicing web professionals worldwide.