On 11th December 2013, Nanyang Polytechnic’s ISACA group celebrates its ISACA day 2013. Over 100 students from our school attended the event.

For this year’s ISACA day, it was our pleasure to have Mr Mark Ames, a director from the ISACA Singapore Chapter, Mr Ho Shee Yan Senior Assistant Director (Internal Audit), Supreme Court and Mr Ma Zixuan, a technical specialist from Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT) who shared with us their interesting experiences they had in their information security careers. We had also unveiled the winners for the BlackOPSCTF, a Capture-The-Flag competition, which raised awareness of the various threats and vulnerabilities that exist in real life environments and thus underlining the importance of information security audit.

The event started off with Mr Mark Ames who talked about ISACA privileges and challenges. He strongly encouraged the students to pursue a membership in ISACA, as it will help them to further their careers as IT Professionals.

Following the talk by Mr Mark Ames, we have Mr Ho Shee Yan to talk about his field of expertise in System Audits. Mr Ho gave us great insights about the risk management framework and highlighted common information security control issues faced by organisations. Mr Ma Zixuan, on the other hand, shared with us about life goals and his experiences in CSIT. Mr Ma had also shown an animation video about CSIT organization and the way they would handle an attack by a hacker. He also highlighted the importance it is for different departments to collaborate in order to minimise the impact of the attack effectively. It was really an eye-opener to be able see the different aspects of information security from our two guest speakers.

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After the short break, Mr Chia Yong Xiang, President of NYP ISACA student group, shared the solutions to some interesting challenges in the BlackOpsCTF competition. After which the winners for BlackOpsCTF were announced. The following are the results for BlackOpsCTF. Congratulations to all winners!

Champion Team FLG: Goh Jun Jie | Lim Jie Yu Harold | Lee Kian Lon
1st runner-up 434a42: Lim Kian Hock Bryan | Kok Jian Hui | Soh Jason

2nd runner-up PARPKz: Ang Wei Ming | Lim Kian Hong | Lee Yu Choy Jackie

3rd runner-up Red Rangers: Yeo Cheng Hong | Mohd Aslam

4th runner-up Praesto: Yu Peng Fei | Tan Chee Wei | Juliana Seng Mei Feng

We would like to express our gratitude to our guest speakers (Mr Mark Ames, Mr Ho Shee Yan and Mr Ma Zixuan) for taking time out of their busy schedule to talk to us and the Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT) for sponsoring the prizes for the BlackOpsCTF competition. We would also like to thank all the people that offered their helping hand in the BlackOpsCTF competition and ISACA Day especially Hanif Abd Latif, Daren Lok, Norman Yeo, Alvin Lee, Joshua Sim and Elgin Lee.

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Black Ops CTF Competition – Finals

The NYP ISACA Student Group had organized a Capture-The-Flag competition, BlackOpsCTF in SIT. The objective of the competition was to raise awareness of the various threats and vulnerabilities that exist in real life environments and thus underlining the importance of information security audit.

The qualifying round was held from the 11 Nov to 29 Nov 2013. In the qualifying round, 32teams of maximum 3 members are to solve challenges related to information security and obtain flags from the challenges for points. Top teams with the highest score will proceed to the finals which consist of a simulated environment that tests the teams in their skillsets in the area of penetration testing, digital forensics and social engineering.

On 4th Dec, 14 top teams from the qualifying round pitted themselves against one another in the simulated-environment in the School Of Information Technology. Within a limited timeframe, they had to obtain as many points as they could by using various hacking techniques such as decrypting files, running scans and many more.

After many hours of trying out various techniques and creative out-of-the-box thinking, the teams rounded up their final answers and put up the final stand. Who will be the ultimate winner of the grand prize and be crowned as BLACK OPS CTF champions? Find out on NYP ISACA Day 2013 on 11th Dec from 2 to 5pm at LTL-2.

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ISACA DAY 2013 – Decoding the information security career


For ISACA Day 2013, we are proud to introduce two very special guests, Mr Ho Shee Yan from the supreme court, and Mr Ma Zixuan from CSIT who will be here with us to share about their careers and many other interesting cases!

In addition, at the end of the talk, we will be giving out prizes for those teams who have climbed above the rest in our very own inter-school Black OPS capture the flag competition, with many interesting prizes to be won!

We hope to see you guys there!

Venue: SIT LTL-2
Date: 11th December 2013
Time: 2-5pm (with refreshments)