Hacking Competitions and Their Untapped Potential for Security Education

Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)

Cyber Research Center, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Publication Date

Spring 5-2011

Publication Title

IEEE Security & Privacy

Document Type



Information security educators can learn much from the hacker community. The word "hacker" is controversial, and the idea of emulating this community is problematic to some. However, we use the term in its purest form: individuals who creatively explore technology and push it in new directions. Be cause of this imaginative, playful spirit, most hacker conferences sponsor diverse and intense competitions, many organized by the attendees themselves and facilitated via the conference organizers. These competitions test participants' ingenuity and problem-solving skills, are fun and innovative, and draw large, enthusiastic groups of participants and spectators.

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