We (Mary, Richard, Alastair, Louise, David and Sai) headed to the University of Southampton last Saturday 9th March to participate in the Higher Education Cyber Challenge (HECC). With no InterACE running this year, Southampton took up the mantle and did a brilliant job of running a jeopardy-style CTF for UK Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security.
We put two teams in and enjoyed a day spent tackling a range of fun and interesting challenges, ranging from the hardcore reverse engineering types to manipulating audio files to going out to the car park to search for RFID tags. Between us we had widely varying experience and skillsets, and were pleased to find there were plenty of different types and levels of challenge that we were all able to have a go at!
The whole day had a great atmosphere, with 26 teams competing from universities across the UK, and we look forward to the next iteration.