Defend The Flag (DTF), a friendly hacking competition, was held in conjunction with the Symposium on Security for Asia Network 2007 (SyScan 07). This annual gathering of IT security students and professionals from all over the world witnessed the competition that saw several teams engaged in series of attack and defend manoeuvres in the virtual world.
DTF is primarily targeted at attracting IT students and professionals who are new to the IT security scene as well as those who would want to learn more about securing their computer networks. The competition aims to increase the awareness and appreciation of the threats encountered by users of IT and the Internet.
Five teams comprising two teams of Diploma in Infocomm Security Management students from Singapore Polytechnic, one student team each from Temasek Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and one foreign team made up of US Army personnel took part in the competition held at the Novotel Clark Quay on 3rd and 4th July 2007.
All the teams were involved in separate attack and defend manoeuvres. A scoring system monitored and kept track of their individual scores based on their ability to successfully attack and defend the Windows network.
After two gruelling days, one of the SP teams made up of Tan Jingwei, Teh Qin Chuan, and Louis Kim Choon Chun, and the foreign team from the US Army, were declared winners of the competition and received the case prize of $5,000.