In a remarkable stride towards global cybersecurity excellence, students of the cyber security and research group Team Bi0s from Amrita University have earned the distinguished honor of participating in the esteemed Country-to-Country (C2C) cyber security competition in Japan, 2023.
The Country – Country (C2C) competition series was organized by MIT, Massachusetts and The International Cyber Security–Center of Excellence (INCS-CoE) in collaboration with renowned universities. This five-year initiative gathers university students around the globe for an enriching CTF competition designed to promote skill development and networking.
Keio University, Japan, hosted the fourth edition of the C2C CTF competition,where India was invited to participate for the first time ever. The event spanned from August 1 to 4, 2023, featuring a series of cyber security competitions and engaging webinars that explored diverse cyber security topics and broader cybersecurity discourse. These discussions were led by esteemed speakers, offering valuable insights and knowledge-sharing opportunities.
Preceding the main event, preliminary qualifiers took place from May 16 to 17, 2023, where three of our members- Nithin Chenthur (3rd year, CSE), Avanthika Anand and Sri Lakshmi Prathapan (3rd year, BCA) of Team Bi0s were qualified in the first round among 80 students across countries. As a result,they were invited to attend the finals in person at Keio University , representing India.
The trio found themselves grouped with a mix of international professionals, carefully structured in teams of three or five members. This arrangement not only exposed them to new and diverse perspectives but also facilitated valuable interactions with seasoned individuals from various countries. These newly formed teams then actively participated in a series of cyber security challenges that spanned a duration of eight hours.
Within this challenging environment, Avanthika Anand and her team won the prestigious NEC award, a special award given by the side challenge organizers with a cash prize of ¥100,000 yen.This achievement stands as a tribute to the team’s accomplishments and serves as an inspiration for the future of cyber-security enthusiasts.