Zero Days CTF 2016

zerodays-newsInstitute of Technology Blanchardstown is delighted to host ZeroDays CTF (, a cyber-security challenge, which will take place this Friday at 10am April 8th, at the Generator, Smithfield, Dublin.

The event was established to allow Irish third level students develop their information security skills and techniques in a fun and controlled environment through a number of exciting ‘capture-the-flag’ security challenges with the winning team crowned Ireland’s National Cyber Security Champions.

The event was created and run by Mark Cummins and Mark Lane, lecturers on ITB’s Cyber Security and Digital Forensics courses, and is sponsored by ITB, Amazon, RITS and Integrity 360.

Throughout the day, teams will use their own background and skillsets to solve technical challenges, all of which will have some link to the fun Father Ted theme, capturing points as they work their way through the puzzles and problems. Domain challenges will range from web application vulnerabilities, social engineering and exploitation to forensics, reverse engineering and cryptography, as well as a couple of treasure-hunts around the Smithfield area.

The inaugural ZeroDays event, which was the first of its kind in Ireland specifically aimed at third level students, was held last year and was a huge success with over a hundred students from all over Ireland taking part and making ZeroDays the largest cyber security challenge of its type in Ireland.

ZeroDay CTF 2016 was sold out in less than two days and promises to be an even bigger success than 2015. The Capture the Flag competition will run throughout the day and will be followed by a well-deserved after-party and networking event, featuring live bands and a DJ from 6pm.

According to Mark Lane and Mark Cummins, said of ZeroDay CTF, “We are delighted with the response to the event and as it sold out so quickly work has already begun on a similar, follow-up event later this year as well as a competition for secondary schools. Our thanks to our sponsors and to all those who took part to make it such a great event”.

For further information or an interview with either Mark Lane or Mark Cummins or to receive imagery from this event, please contact Ann-Marie Sheehan, Aspire PR Tel : 01 827 5181 / 087 298 5569 or email