Vietnam's leading internet security company Bkav is set to launch the White Hat Grand Prix Contest -- the nation's first hacking competition.
The qualifying round will be held online, on September 19, at WhiteHat.vn. The ten best teams will be chosen to compete in the final round in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on October 25, the organizers has said in a statement.
In addition to answering a series of security questions in a Jeopardy-style round, contestants will compete in Attack/Defense – a new form of competition being held in Vietnam for the first time.
Bkav said the contestants must be no more than 35 years old and register in teams from 2-5 members.
Ngo Tuan Anh, Bkav’s deputy chairman in charge of Internet security, said the company launched a forum for ethical computer hackers last year and has organized seven monthly competitions ever since.
“The WhiteHat Grand Prix is the big contest held at year's end to promote the study of Internet security which we hope will contribute to national online security enforcement,” he said.
The winner of the contest will be awarded VND100 million (US$4,722), the runner-up will get VND20 million and third prize winner will take home VND10 million.
According to Anh, Vietnam has suffered significant online attacks and lacks the personnel to adequately defend against them.
He said similar attacks recently caused great damage in the US, Germany, South Korea and France.
“The recent territorial dispute prompted some attacks between Vietnamese and Chinese hackers,” Anh was quoted by Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspaper as saying. “The attacks were small in scale, but served as a wake-up call that Vietnam must prepare for the worst case scenario,” he said.
Anh said the competition would hopefully encourage people to study Internet security and improve their defensive capacity against online attacks.
“We should hold frequent drills to develop detailed solutions to simulated online attacks, just like drills against actual invasions or life fire attacks.”