My First CTF

Written By: Jake Bauer | Posted: 2020-06-27 | Last Updated: 2020-06-27

Today I completed my first ever capture the flag (CTF) event; the GeekSeek CTF hosted by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. I was worried about how well I would do since I didn’t get much sleep the night before and, unfortunately, the two people my friend and I were paired up with did not show up to the event but, despite that, we placed 7th out of 50 teams and even managed to hold 3rd place for a bit at one point!

The CTF was a ton of fun. I both practiced the skills I already had and learned about a whole bunch of new things. Every time I got an answer right was a rush of dopamine and a boost to keep solving more problems. There were a couple problems that kicked me in the butt because of my unfamiliarity with the tools or languages, but that just highlights areas where I can improve and learn more.

I highly recommend participating in CTFs if you’re interested in the world of infosec/cracking. They’re a ton of fun, a good way to meet people, and a great way to learn and practice new skills.

The CTF lasted from 10:00 to 22:00, so I’m going to go to bed now…

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