SecTalks are informal, technical, no-bullshit* IT security discussions. It's about learning from others, talking about interesting things you're working on, and improving your security skills. We run a regular CTF.
From August 2016, we'll be running London meetups in a couple of formats:
• Ninja Nights: we meet at a pub and show off our ninja skills while solving a short 60-minute CTF. And drinking.
• Talk & CTF: a 15-25 minute presentation on an infosec topic, followed by a short 60-minute CTF. The winners write the next CTF (and show off their solutions).
Working on something interesting? Proposals for 15-25 minute presentations to get us started are extremely welcome. As in, I will shower you in gratitude and/or beer.
What on earth is a CTF? Each month, a member writes a Capture-the-Flag (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture_the_flag#Computer_security) - a technical puzzle - for other members to solve. At the next meeting, the winners present their solution, and the first person to solve the CTF writes the challenge for the next month. Topics include things like binary reverse engineering, breaking simple crypto, or analysing network services. Generally, no prior knowledge is expected - the challenges are sometimes obscure, and you're expected to do a little bit of research to figure it out.
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