RTFn: Enabling Cybersecurity Education Through a Mobile Capture the Flag Client

Abstract

Cybersecurity is one of the most highly researched and studied fields in computer science. It has made its way into numerous accredited universities as a fullfledged degree program. Students are constantly exposed to new technologies and methodologies through coursework. However there is a shortage of places to practice, in a controlled environment, the skills gained in the classroom. For that and numerous other reasons, the industry has seen a noticeable increase in capture-the-flag (CTF) style competitions. In the same vein, entering a CTF-like competition for the first time is a daunting task for any university. To aid in the organization of resources before, during, and after the competition we present the Rock The Flag network (RTFn). RTFn is a combination of hardware and software, which provides VPN capabilities as well as a central repository for tool tracking and real-time competition information. In this paper, we present an in depth discussion of this tool, its capabilities, and how it can aid in the organization required during CTF-style competitions.

Publication
Proceedings of the International Conference on Security and Management (SAM)