The RVAsec Capture The Flag (CTF) is getting close. The details below are meant to ensure participants are prepared for it! We’re excited to invite anyone and everyone who is interested in learning and exploring different IT/infosec tools and techniques in hands-on, practical exercises, to join us.

WHEN: 06/01/2013 – 10am-2pm.  The exact time is subject to change but it will be on Saturday.

WHERE: We will have a table at the conference.  You must be a registered conference attendee to participate.

WHO: Living humanoid-ish… seriously, this is for everyone from hobbyists, sys/net admins, infosec pros, tinkerers, makers, fixers and breakers… come out and play. We’ll all teach, learn and grow together!


  • DO bring a network-enabled laptop.

  • DO have the ability to run Backtrack 5r3 (, Pentoo ( or Kali Linux ( either as a virtual machine, from bootable media (CD/DVD flash drive), or installed as your OS. Most of the scenarios in the CTF can be completed with the tools within these security-centric Linux distributions. Not a requirement, per se, but a BIG recommendation.

  • DO understand that the CTF network is a closed private network, and will not have Internet access. CTF Participants will have the ability to connect to a separate guest wireless network with Internet access for research, tool downloads, etc., during the event, but will have to disconnect from the CTF network to do so.

  • DO listen to and respect any instructions and guidance provided at the event. We want to provide an environment that is conducive to learning, tinkering, exploring and having a good time.


  • DON’T use words or phrases like “irregardless”, “all of the sudden”, “cybergeddon” or “cyber Pearl Harbor”.

  • DON’T feed or pet any of the conference organizers or volunteers.

  • DON’T attack any other CTF participants or any VCU devices (logically, physically or emotionally).

Pre-Register: If you plan to participate in the CTF we ask that you pre-register here: for administrative purposes.  The first 20 people will receive a free 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive! (You have to show up and participate!)

Sponsor: We are still seeking sponsors to help with the CTF costs.  If you are interested or know someone that would be willing to support the CTF please contact

Hope to see you there!  If you have any questions please let us know!