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Start Your Career in Cyber
You can’t get a job without a resume… and you can’t build a resume without a job.
Break that cycle! Earn a real cyber job working with top cyber professionals.
Full time & fully paid. You won’t be working a helpline or fixing printers.
One-day event, in your region
Hacking in the morning, interviews in the afternoon, and job/intern/co-op offers by supper. Full-time positions may need follow-up interviews later in the week.
Win national and international travel
Winners in each region advance to Cyber∗Sci national finals, and top teams there go on to represent Canada at international events – in Prague and Athens this year – 2021.
Eligibility and rules
Regional events: 1.) Participants must be full-time students at a Canadian university or college and 2.) must be eligible to work in Canada.
National finals: You must also be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.
Teachers, Register Your School
Do you want to give students a great opportunity to build their careers? Do you have a stand-out cyber program the whole country needs to see? Click the Teachers button to contact us about registering your Canadian college or university!
Looking to Make a Difference?
Join our organizing committee. Board members, event organizers, and cyber challenge builders. Technical, management, and recruiting professionals involved in cyber are welcome.
Video of Regional Hiring Event
Details for Students
Your knowledge and skills
You are a team player with a strong interest in cyber security who can plan and organize work and react quickly to change. You provide consistent attention to detail and monitor the quality of your work. You are also able to manage protected and confidential documents and information. As well, you possess strong written and oral communication skills.
Responsibilities may include:
- Performing vulnerability management testing of information systems and applications
- Producing written and analytical reports and dashboards on key cyber risks
- Monitoring security alerts of potential hacker attacks detected by security systems such as: Intrusion Detection & Prevention Systems (NIDS/NIPS, HIDS/HIPS, WIDS), Log Monitoring, File Integrity Monitoring and SIEM
- Investigating and reporting on potential security incidents
- Assisting with IT security investigations, exercises and tests
- Identifying and notifying organization of discovered security threats
- Providing recommendations to clients to assist with eradicating discovered threats
- An interest in the cyber security field
- Solid skills with Linux commands and/or Windows PowerShell
- A moderate to advanced knowledge of networking protocols and configuration gained from class work, labs and probably hours of tinkering with your home network (physical or virtual routing and switching)
- Perhaps some experience with cyber challenges (CTFs) either in person or online
- A strong desire to learn and grow while working alongside highly experienced members of a well-established IT security team
It is important to note that students who wish to participate in Canada’s Cyber Security Challenge CANNOT register directly through our site. You must register through your education institution in order to verify that you are an eligible post-secondary student.
Find a list of all eligible schools here:
If your school is not listed, you may contact one of your professors or teachers to inquire about having your school register to participate in the Challenge.
Unfortunately, we cannot register you or your school without having a teacher contact us about having your school added to the list.
Suggested Resources for Learning IT Security
To Get Started:
1. Build a home lab. Any PC or laptop with an i5 and 8GB of memory will be excellent, but you can get away with even 4GB for two Linux VMs.
2. Try some exploits. Install VMware Player or Fusion then add a Kali VM for an attack platform and Metasploitable 3 as a victim. (Get help online.)
3. If you have time, try some of the blogs, books or news feeds from the list below. Pick the one you like best, and keep up.
The Hacker Playbook 3
Linux for Hackers
Rtfm: Red Team Field Manual (Older, but still useful)
Kali Linux (Finally, a newer Kali book. 4.5 stars)
The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook (Older than the dinosaurs, but no one has even tried to do a better one – beginner and intermediate)
The Hacker News (Points to latest news stories. Find what you’re interested in and navigate to the original stories)
risky.biz (Easy-listening weekly podcast. More professional and credible than any other)
Online challenges & training:
Hack the Box (Freemium)
– Hack-the-Box Walk-Throughs (Saved write-ups for HTB)
– Hack-the-Box Meetups (Live monthly workshops to solve HTB with others)
TryHackMe (Hack the Box alternative)
Virtual Hacking Labs (Paid)
Offensive Security (OSCP) (Top of the line, but expensive!)
https://www.blackhillsinfosec.com/blog/webcasts/ (Free webcast & training)
https://portswigger.net/web-security (Free training)
Build a home lab:
– VMware Player is free. Run 3 full, or 10 small VM’s on a PC or nice laptop.
– VMware Workstation costs a few hundred $ and adds more networking support. Free for students.
– VMware ESXi is free, highly professional, and will help you in corporate IT Centers where real companies with massive installations use VMware all the time. You must be able to work in a VMware environment if you want to be a pentester. However, you need to dedicate a computer to build an ESXi server. HapiRat runs 32 VM’s and 20 virtual networks on ESXi using an i7 box with 16GB mem. http://hackingaway.org/small-esxi/ Any PC or laptop with an i5 (or i3 with multi-thread support) and 8GB of memory will be excellent, but you can get away with even 4GB for two Linux VMs.
Tools for your home lab:
https://www.kali.org/ (Includes nmap, Metasploit, ncrack, john-the-ripper and many other important tools!)
Add or import some vulnerabilities to your home lab:
Canada’s Cyber Security Challenge is looking for students who are really excited about Cyber Security.
If you’re looking for a great job in this field, and if you’ve done a few courses and practiced some skills, then this is the event for you. The sponsors hiring at this event are not stuck on your resume, they are looking for people who can show they’ve got talent. You can break out of the trap of “can’t get a job due to no experience, and can’t get experience due to no job”. This is your chance to break into a career in cyber security!
Your future responsibilities
You will work on live cyber security projects with supervision and coaching from experienced security professionals in a full-service IT security department.
You will get real-world experience and have the opportunity to work with and receive training from members of teams such as:
- Cyber Operations: Security monitoring and security device management services.
- Security Assurance teams: Vulnerability management, security assessment and pen testing services.
Who Can Join?
Got an Elite Team Already?
Prove it. Come and compete against the best in the Canada, Europe, and the rest of the world.
Great place to start. There will be mentors and coaches. This is a fantastic learning opportunity.
Is Your Team Eligible?
Cyber∗Sci welcomes Canadian college and university teams. Up to 4 members per team. 2 teams per school.