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Tuesday July 16, 2024 9:00am - 10:40am EDT
As a CTF developer, there are two worst case scenarios: some student solves all of the challenges and some student does not solve any of the challenges.  The first of these, somebody solves all of the challenges, might be embarrassing to the developer, but it might also mean that one or more students are not being challenged.  The second, some student does not solve any of the challenges, is big problem because it means that one, or more, students are not engaged and potentially not learning.  We have been developing CTF challenges for more than ten years and in that time, we have developed strategies and rules of thumb that help encourage students and provide scaffolding where capturing one flag provides most of what a student will need to capture the next one.  In this workshop, we will take the participants through the process of creating challenges in three categories:  reconnaissance, hashing, and cryptography.  Participants will learn the tricks that we use to lay out a set of challenges for each of these categories so that the challenges progress from fairly easy (avoiding the second scenario) to quite challenging (avoiding the first scenario), raising the level of student accomplishment and engagement with each successive challenge.  Not only will participants be guided through the process of creating just-in-time learning opportunities for their students, the tools and techniques that we will share may help them prepare their students for future competitions.
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Prem Uppuluri

Professor, Radford University
Dr. Prem Uppuluri is a Professor at Radford University, Coordinator of the Center for Information Security at Radford University. He led the development of the Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity, the Competency Based Cybersecurity Certificate of the Vinod Chachra IMPACT lab... Read More →
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Joe Chase

Professor, Department of Information Technology, Radford University
Dr. Joe Chase is a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Radford University. Dr. Chase serves Director of the Computer Science Program and Co-Director of the RUSecure CTF Contests for high school and community college students. He received his Ph.D. from... Read More →
Tuesday July 16, 2024 9:00am - 10:40am EDT
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