International CyberEx

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The purpose of International CyberEx is to run a cyberexercise within the Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) that will allow the strengthening of the capacities to respond to cyber incidents, as well as increase and improve collaboration and cooperation against such incidents. This exercise focuses directly on a technical safety profile with high expertise in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

The cyberexercise will be conducted in “Capture The Flag” (CTF) format. This format is based on a cyber security competition model and is designed to serve as a training exercise that allows providing participants with experience in monitoring intrusion and working on reaction capabilities to similar cyber attacks that happen in the real world. There are two main types of CTFs: offense/defense and jeopardy. The latter has been chosen for this case because it is the most appropriate to expand technical capabilities.

Jeopardy style competitions usually involve several categories of problems, each of which contains a variety of questions with different values. The teams, at an 8-hour session compete to be the first to solve the most challenges, but they do not directly attack each other.

Potential participating countries are the 35 OAS Member States and OAS observer countries that could become guests. Participation by countries (with a maximum total of 45 teams) will allow the internal configuration by each country of a team that includes professionals from various fields and strengthening collaboration between institutions. The final selection of the teams will be made by INCIBE and the OAS Cyber Security Program.

The default language for the cyberexercise will be English.

This year, international CyberEx will take place concurring with the Summer Bootcamp event. Therefore, attendees of the Summer Bootcamp could participate in person if desired.

Summer BootCamp 2016 is designed as a free and international event which is intended to offer general and advanced training in the latest techniques of fighting against cybercrime and cybersecurity incident managing. This training is offered to specialists from Law Enforcement Authorities and public CERTs and staff from public organizations working in areas directly related to cybersecurity. The event will take place in the city of Leon (SPAIN) from July 17th through July 29th .

Members not attending Summer Bootcamp could participate in the cyberexercise remotely from each location.