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Friday, August 12 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Security Competitions

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Security competitions and, in particular, Capture-the-Flag (CTF), have emerged as an engaging way for people to learn about attacking and defending systems. In this panel, three veterans of the CTF world will share their experiences in playing and running security competitions, and talk about how integrating CTFs into your curriculum or training programs can help to identify and develop security awareness and expertise. Do CTF skills translate into the real world? Does learning how to attack have value in producing safer systems? Are CGC-inspired autonomous agents the future of systems security? All these questions and more will be on the table in this interactive session.

William Robertson is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston. His research focuses on the security of operating systems, mobile devices, and the web, making use of techniques such as program analysis, anomaly detection, and security by design. He won DEFCON CTF in 2005 with Shellphish, and participated in the California Top-to-Bottom-Review (TTBR) and Ohio EVEREST reviews of electronic voting security that have had significant impact on public policy in the states of California and Ohio. He is the author of more than fifty peer-reviewed conference and journal articles, has chaired several conferences and workshops (DIMVA, WOOT, ACSAC), and regularly serves on the program committees of top-tier security conferences.

Sophia D’Antoine is a security engineer at Trail of Bits and a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a regular speaker at security conferences around the world, including RECon, Blackhat, and CanSecWest. Her present work includes techniques for automated software exploitation and software obfuscation using LLVM. She spends too much time playing CTF, pwnable.kr and other wargames.

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Dave Levin

Asst Professor, University of Maryland
I study anti-censorship (https://censorship.ai), securing the PKI (https://securepki.org) and scaling-up undergraduate research (https://breakerspace.io)

William Robertson

Northeastern University

Friday August 12, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Zilker Ballroom 4