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TECHSTERS – Cyber Security Capture the Flag competition

Are you ready to test your cybersecurity skills? The Hampton Roads Women in Technology group is hosting a CyberSecurity Capture the Flag competition for middle and high school girls. No previous experience is required – just a desire to learn and the ability to search for clues on the internet. Shannon Brill, a real FBI agent will kick off the event as our keynote speaker!

Here’s a sample question:

Q: Can you decode the following sentence?

A: Wbva hf sbe pncgher gur synt orpnhfr PloreFxvyym ebpx!

The girls will work in teams of 3 (they can pick their own or we’ll assign them) and they will have clues to cyber-security related challenge questions. They will need to research (Google) the topic and then solve the challenges which are worth a variety of points. The teams that come in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will receive prizes for their accomplishments!


8:00-9 a.m. Student Drop-Off, Equipment setup , Light snacks will be provided

9-9:30 a.m. – Welcoming Remark – Keynote Speaker – Special Agent Shannon Bill from FBI and contest instructions

9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. – CONTEST BEGINS – Online Capture the Flag competition

12-12:45 p.m. – Lunch and Answer Key Review (Boxed Lunches are provided free of charge thanks to our sponsors)

12:45 p.m. – Awards – Parents can attend

1 – 1:15 p.m. – Student Pick-Up/Dismissal

Shannon Brill Bio
Special Agent Shannon Brill entered on duty with the FBI in 2009. SA Brill was initially assigned to the Miami, FL Field Division and investigated a wide variety of crimes, to include violent crimes involving gangs and drugs. Now currently assigned to the Norfolk Field Office, SA Brill specializes in complex cyber fraud investigations, where losses exceeded over $100,000. SA Brill is a member of the FBI’s Tidewater Hi-Tech Criminal Enterprise Task Force that is committed to mitigating local and transnational organized crime groups involved in cyber financial fraud schemes that include Business Email Compromise, work from home scams and romance scams.

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Hosted by the Hampton Roads Women in Technology