Radware’s Attack Mitigation Black Belt Challenge

Well congratulations! If you are interested in this blog post you are on your way earning the Attack Mitigation Black Belt Champion title and being awarded the prize and approbations.

Today we begin with the first in the series, which will benchmark your knowledge in attack mitigation, help you understand where gaps in knowledge may or may not be and where to focus future professional education efforts. It’s meant to combine a serious approach to attack knowledge along with some fun!

The tests will be designed to evaluate your knowledge of the following:

  • The current threat landscape designed at availability outages to organizations
  • Current information security attack techniques and tools
  • Benefits & limitations to today’s most common security & control solutions

Participants begin at the novice or White Belt round, and work their way to the highest level— the Black Belt — by correctly answering each week’s increasingly difficult questions.

Knowledge Level AMS Level Targeted Tested Content Quiz Week
Novice White Basic Industry Understanding 18-Jun
Yellow Current Attack Trends 25-Jun
Average Green Attacker Tool Sets & Techniques 2-Jul
Expert Red Anatomy of Availability-Based Attack 9-Jul
Black Next-Generation / Conceptual Attacks 16-Jul

You’ll have 90 seconds to answer each question. A minimum of nine correct answers is required to pass the round. Once you pass all five rounds, you’ll achieve Black Belt status and qualify to become the Attack Mitigation Black Belt Challenge Champion. The Champion will be selected from the Black Belt-level players who finished all of the rounds in the shortest amount of time. An official leader board will keep track of the top scoring players

The Challenge Black Belt Champion will be announced at Radware’s booth (#624) at the Black Hat USA 2012 conference in Las Vegas on July 25. The winner will receive a package that includes $1,495 towards early conference registration to Black Hat 2013, plus $2,000 towards conference training and $1,500 cash allowance towards travel and accommodation.

Each week, I’ll post announcements, hints and commentary on my blog. Ready to start the Challenge?

Best of luck and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me should you need references for the answers or just have some questions; that’s part of the process!

Carl Herberger

Carl is an IT security expert and responsible for Radware’s global security practice. With over a decade of experience, he began his career working at the Pentagon evaluating computer security events affecting daily Air Force operations. Carl also managed critical operational intelligence for computer network attack programs to aid the National Security Council and Secretary of the Air Force with policy and budgetary defense. Carl writes about network security strategy, trends, and implementation.

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