Company encourages development of
critical capabilities to address global skills shortage
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 2 August
2018 - Trend Micro
Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in
cybersecurity solutions, today announced its fourth annual Capture The Flag
(CTF) competition, which invites teams from around the world to demonstrate
their skills and challenge their knowledge in today's most critical areas of
cybersecurity protection. The Trend Micro CTF 2018 -- Raimund Genes Cup is one
of several ways the company works to motivate and train talent to support the
critical industry need.
Trend Micro, we have always been passionate about fighting the bad guys to make
the world safer for exchanging digital information, and skilled professionals
are imperative to make that a reality," said Eva Chen, chief executive officer
for Trend Micro. "We recognized there was a growing need for more strong
professionals, so four years ago we began our global CTF to encourage and
develop these critical skills in young professionals. By honing these
capabilities in more professionals we are doing our part to minimize the skills
annual global CTF helps participants develop and hone their skills in today's
most critical areas of need, including cybercrimes, targeted attacks, Internet
of Things (IoT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).
Micro hosts nearly 20 CTFs each year around the world, including the main global
event, as well as hosting 10 contests in collaboration with the Organization of
American States, which
are specific to women across Latin America.
this event, Trend Micro operates a number of additional initiatives that
support skills development. The company recruits and trains new cybersecurity
professionals in five global centers, located in the United States, Canada,
Brazil, Czech Republic and Egypt. These centers recruit individuals from both
technical and non-technical backgrounds with no specific cybersecurity
experience required. After completing a comprehensive cybersecurity training
program, the individuals receive job offers from strategic partners and
customers, as well as Trend Micro, to fill the need for more trained practitioners
across the industry. In total, Trend Micro will support the development of more
than 2,500 new cybersecurity professionals by 2022, to counteract the 1.8
million skills shortage projected by Frost & Sullivan.
lack of qualified professionals is the most consistent security concern we hear
from businesses," said Mark Liggett, Senior Security Analyst from Tulane
University. "Trend Micro is one of very few global companies that is actively
working to help change this. Equipping new professionals from all walks of life
is key to helping more businesses effectively manage their security stack and
mitigate the risk of attack."
year's CTF consists of two rounds, an online qualifier and the finals. Taking
place on September 15-16, the online qualifier will include Jeopardy style
questions that challenge teams to solve various security problems quickly. The
top 10 teams will qualify for the finals, which will take place in Tokyo, Japan
on December 15-16. The finals presents both King of the Hill and Jeopardy-style
questions to further test the teams' skills.
winning team from the finals receives JPY1,000,000, which is about USD $9,000,
along with 15,000 Zero Day Initiative Rewards Program points per player. The
second and third place teams receive JPY300,000 and JPY200,000, which is nearly
USD $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.
register a team for the online qualifier, please visit: www.trendmicro.com/tmctf.
About Trend Micro
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader
in cybersecurity solutions, helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital
information. Our innovative solutions for consumers, businesses, and
governments provide layered security for data centers, cloud environments,
networks, and endpoints. All our products work together to seamlessly share
threat intelligence and provide a connected threat defense with centralized
visibility and control, enabling better, faster protection. With over 6,000
employees in over 50 countries and the world's most advanced global threat
intelligence, Trend Micro secures your connected world. For more information,
Frost & Sullivan, 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study
"Benchmarking Workforce Capacity and Response to Cyber Risk", June, 2017