Early in June this year, four teams from Hwa Chong Infocomm Robotics Society participated in the Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp (CDDC) 2019 Finals, organised by the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA). To many of them, this competition was a chance to test out the new skills they have learnt through months of hardwork and effort. Congratulations to all teams for achieving the following stellar results:
Valiant Effort 1st (Gold, Best Defender)
Leonard, Ying Yee, Hua Jun, Kai Jie
Team Desu 4th (Silver)
An Jun, Yu Peng, Saajid, Louis
Team Forest 12th (Bronze)
Kai Xiang, Cai Ting, Teong Seng, Bryan
thatteam 9th (Silver)
Sherman , Yu Er, Lee Kern, Zheng Jun
Through this gruelling journey, the teams have not only gained new knowledge, but also furthered their existing technical skills, such as operating systems, various tools, reverse engineering etc. The eye-opening experience has also enabled the teams to gain exposure to the real difficulties experienced by security engineers on the day-to-day basis first hand.
Naturally, it was not a smooth sailing journey as the teams faced many challenges along the way, be it at the competition itself, or doing practice. These include the lack of exposure to such competitions itself. This being the first competition to many of the J1s, they have discovered that they would be needing to work even harder to achieve the standards of their fellow seniors.
Nonetheless, despite the setbacks experienced by many, the teams are motivated than ever to improve themselves, striving to come back stronger than ever for the next year’s CDDC. They seek to experiment more, experience more, learn new tactics, and better strategies.