7 Reasons to Start Playing CTFs
TL;DR Studying is hard (at least for me) and especially if I have to study from a book or take a boring lecture. The best things about playing CTFs is that they teach you things that you cannot learn from a book and they do it in a really fun way.4) You simply get betterPractice, practice, practice.By participating in a CTF competition, you enhance your skills that you have previously acquired by having the opportunity to use them legally in a controlled and secure environment that is able to realistically simulate real-world conditions. In that way, participants are expected to improve their skills and acquire new useful practical skills that traditional teaching methods are usually unable to provide.5) Sharpen you understanding of theoretical conceptsYou might be an expert in theoretical cryptography but how about applied cryptography or even more specifically using that knowledge in a real world scenario. As I mentioned above about the improvement of your practical skills, the principle applies here in the understanding of theoretical concepts that have been taught, however, they still remain kinda obscure. Participating in a CTF contest and tackling a real problem based on the theoretical concept you have previously studied is an ideal way to understand it better through a real interactive example.6) Find a real job in InfoSecParticipating in CTF competitions reduces the occupational retirement gap in the field of security and helps newcomers to break through the Security Industry and start a successful career.By participating in a CTF competition, participants deal with real world situations and they are challenged to solve real problems of staggering difficulty. CTFs provide a controlled and secure environment that is capable of simulating realistic conditions that may have several similarities to those faced by security professionals in their day-to-day tasks. The participants use real tools and follow similar methodologies that are widely used in the market, face real challenges and coming closer to start thinking as security professionals. Finally, it is really common for security companies to attend and sponsor CTFs so that their recruitment representatives contact those who stand out in the competitions resulting in a possible interview or even a hire.7) "Don't panic, we can do this"Participating in a CTF competition (especially in an Attack & Defense type, read more about CTF categories [here]) increases the participants' self-confidence about dealing with serious security incidents in the real world in a calm, professional and effective way.It is very common for young IT professionals not to be able to cope effectively with the first security incidents they will have to deal with as they are overwhelmed by anxiety and panic. Such a situation could arise after statements such as «We are under attack», «There has been a violation of our systems», «Our systems are not available»..... FIX IT! By participating in CTFs the participants feel more confident about their skills and are well prepared to face a real event without panicking after having spent some time in a realistic but controlled environment where it has helped them become familiar with corresponding to similar scenarios.So what are you waiting for! Go play some CTFs!https://ctftime.org/
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