On December 3rd, 2021, MetaCTF will host our 7th annual virtual, jeopardy-style CTF -- MetaCTF CyberGames 2021. The event is free and open to everyone. The CTF will challenge participants of all skill levels to learn new cybersecurity techniques and skills, with problems covering a variety of topics such as web exploitation, cryptography, binary exploitation, reverse engineering, forensics, and reconnaissance.

Participants will also have the opportunity to network with sponsors and recruiters, and throughout the CTF we will be live-streaming a series of talks, problem walkthroughs, and sessions with well-known cybersecurity professionals.

Excited yet? Here are 7 tips to help you prepare for and excel in MetaCTF CyberGames 2021:

  1. Register in Advance - https://metactf.com/join/cybergames
  2. Join Our Discord - discord.gg/yyKCWnb
  3. Practice with Last Year’s CTF Challenges - https://metactf.com/join/cybergames2020
  4. Build a Team
  5. Don’t Limit Yourself
  6. Branch Out
  7. Have Fun!

1. Register in Advance - https://metactf.com/join/cybergames

Registering in advance helps reduce stress since you’ll already have everything setup before the CTF starts, and gives you time to get familiar with our platform if you’re a first-time player. It also helps our team prepare for the event, so it’s really a win-win scenario.

As an added bonus, if you register before November 20th and solve at least one challenge during the CTF, you will be entered into a raffle for additional prizes and swag!

2. Join Our Discord - discord.gg/yyKCWnb

We will use this Discord server to communicate with participants before, during, and after the event. There are channels for announcements, questions, finding teammates, the schedule, and more.

3. Practice with Last Year’s CTF Challenges - https://metactf.com/join/cybergames2020

All of the challenges from last year’s annual CTF are available for practice. If you are new to our platform, this is a great opportunity to get familiar with the platform format and challenge categories.

4. Build a Team

You are allowed to compete in teams of up to 4 people. If you know of others that would be interested in competing, invite them to join your team! If you need assistance, we have a Discord bot on our server that you can use to help find a team. See the link in tip #2 to join our Discord server.

5. Don’t Limit Yourself

You are capable of much more than you think. Whether you’re a student interested in the field or an industry professional thinking about changing careers, this is a great opportunity to explore the cybersecurity field, learn new skills, and compete for prizes. This event does not require any previous cybersecurity experience, and CTFs are a great way to get started in cybersecurity.

6. Branch Out

If you’re a first-time CTF player, we encourage you to try everything and anything that sparks your interest. There are a ton of different CTF categories, so don’t be afraid to try a few problems in each category to see which ones you enjoy the most.

If you’re a long-time CTF player, and have a go-to CTF category, we encourage you to try at least a few challenges that are outside of your typical comfort zone. There’s nothing wrong with playing to your strengths but imagine if you could dominate in even more CTF categories? Who knows, you might just find another CTF category to add to your favorites.

7. Have Fun!

Finally, and arguably most important - have fun! This may be a competition, but if you learn something, maybe make some new friends, and have a great time along the way then you’re already a winner in our books.

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We hope these 7 tips for our 7th annual CTF are helpful, and we look forward to seeing you on December 3rd, 2021 for MetaCTF CyberGames 2021! If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to check out the FAQ on the MetaCTF CyberGames page or reach out to us on Discord, Twitter, or via email.

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