Veracode Hacker Games: The Results Are In!

The first everツ?Veracode Hacker Gamesツ?competition hasツ?come to a close, but were the flaws inツ?favor of our brave competitors? Read on to find out.ツ?

Over the course of the two-weekツ?challenge, students from several universities in the U.S. and the U.K. came together to explore vulnerabilities and threatsツ?that they???ll one day face on the job.ツ?Competitorsツ?racedツ?to exploit and patch real applications inツ?Veracode Security Labs,ツ?a hands-on training platform that helps developers prepare for the threats they face daily.ツ?ツ?ツ?

The top teams earnedツ?someツ?epicツ?prizesツ?too;ツ?aツ?$10,000ツ?charitable donationツ?to theツ?first-placeツ?school andツ?aツ?$5,000ツ?donationツ?to the secondplace school, along with individual prizes and complimentary Veracode software for participating universitiesツ?for a wholeツ?year,ツ?soツ?students can continue sharpening skills while in school.ツ?ツ?

In short, the stakes were high,ツ?butツ?the students did not disappoint! When all was said and done, competitors participating in the inaugural Veracode Hacker Games spentツ?51,859ツ?minutesツ?on labs in Veracode Security Labs ??? that???sツ?aboutツ?864ツ?hours orツ?36ツ?days of secure codingツ?awesomeness!ツ?Altogether, participants solved a total of 8,500 labs and accumulated nearly 100,000 points.ツ?

So how did it all play out, and which schools took to the top prizes? Here???s the final leaderboard for the first-ever Veracode Hacker Games:ツ?

Hacker Games Final Leaderboard???

The leaderboard, broken down by the number of completed ???labs??? and how many minutes were spent in the platform, highlights just how hard all the participating students worked. Following a tough two-week battle, we???re excited to announce that the WMG Cyber Security Centre at the University of Warwick has been crowned the champion of the inaugural Veracode Hacker Games, with Tufts University coming in second place and Queen???s University Belfast rounding out third!ツ?ツ?

After a tense race in Veracode Security Labs, the University of Warwick team came away with an impressiveツ?21,640 pointsツ?and the esteemed title of Hacker Games Champion. Congratulations to the winning teams on some seriously impressive results!ツ?

Participating Schools???

Total,ツ?we hadツ?nearly 90ツ?talented students fromツ?the aboveツ?nine universities: five in the United States and four in the United Kingdom. Students were excited leading up to the competition, sharingツ?fun facts likeツ?their favorite coding snacksツ?andツ?stereotypesツ?about programmersツ?that theyツ?loatheツ?(no, they???re not all shy!) ??? meetツ?the team from Stonehill College below.ツ?

Participantsツ?gainedツ?vital experienceツ?with a real hands-on developerツ?trainingツ?tool, butツ?alsoツ?walked awayツ?with a deeper understanding of:ツ?

  • The important role security plays in the development process.ツ?
  • Some of the riskiest flaws and vulnerabilitiesツ?developers face.
  • New skillsツ?forツ?remediating andツ?preventingツ?modern flawsツ?in realツ?apps.ツ?

Contestants even got involved on social media, sharing theirツ?enthusiasmツ?andツ?warning others toツ?watch outツ?for their team???s skills:ツ?

Hacker Games Social???

Aツ?participatingツ?student andツ?Ming Chow, Associate Teaching Professor at Tufts University,ツ?bothツ?shared the challenge on Twitter.ツ?

If you???re curious about Veracode Security Labs, check out theツ?Community Editionツ?here. It???s complimentary, featuring dozens of courses ranging from beginner to advanced and can get you started on your secure coding journey.ツ?ツ?

We had a blast kicking off the Veracode Hacker Games, and we hopeツ?allツ?the participants did too!ツ?If you played a part in the challenge @ us on social mediaツ?(Twitter,??ッFacebook, or??ッLinkedIn)ツ?and let us know what your favoriteツ?momentツ?was.ツ?

Interested in participating in the next one? Sendツ?an email toツ?Jason Laneツ?([email protected]) andツ?keep an eye on our blog for updates about future competitions.ツ?ツ?

May the flaws be ever in your favor!ツ?

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