PlayCyber® and Hack The Box (HTB) are hosting the Global Cybersecurity Scrimmage
Cyber games critical to developing diverse cybersecurity workforce
ASHBURN, Va., 15 December 2022 /PRNewswire/ — PlayCyber® and Hack The Box (HTB) are pleased to announce their partnership to host a global cyber security showdown—New Year’s Blitz-on Saturday 7 January 2023. This live-stream event, representing HTB’s fifth Hacking Battleground Live tournament, is one of many scrimmages planned to help players from International Cybersecurity Challenge (ICC) society prepare for International Cybersecurity Championship & Conference (IC3) arranged by the United States in 2023.
“Cyber gaming is a fundamental element in developing the next generation of a diverse and well-qualified community of cybersecurity talent,” says Katzcy’s CEO and US Cyber Games Commissioner Jessica Gulick. “Gaming not only helps build a better workforce, but also keeps the current workforce sharp and maintains a thriving community of cyber professionals prepared for what the future may bring of cyber attacks and potential disruptive innovations.”
Haris PylarinosFounder and CEO of Hack The Box highlights, “Hacking Battlegrounds is a highly effective way to learn and practice practical cyber skills through a fun, gamified approach. We see many players from different backgrounds and skill levels – including the next generation of cyber professionals – joining to sharpen their skills and network with like-minded. Such tournaments are also an opportunity for aspiring hackers and cybersecurity professionals to increase their ‘hacking mindset’, which is necessary to match the current threat landscape.”
Thirty-two (32) teams with four (4) players from each the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Italy, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, PortugalSerbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Great Britain, Zimbabwe, and the UAE will battle for 3+ hours in a bracket-style, single-elimination tournament on the Hack The Box (HTB) Hacking Battlegrounds platform. Five rounds of play will determine which team wins the grand prize. The grand prize, second place prize and third place prize will be provided by Microsoft and Mastercard.
The Global Cyber Games New Year’s Blitz will be live streamed on Saturday 7 January 2023starts on 9:00 a.m. ET | 14:00 UTC. Registration is done at https://www.playcyber.com/global-cyber-games-new-years-blitz. Hosts for the event include hacking experts IppSec and John Hammond. Coverage will also include interviews with coaches and players giving viewers an inside perspective on the skills and teamwork developed in these types of challenges.
Through its variety of challenges and live-action gameplay, this fusion of online gaming and esports teaches and promotes careers in cybersecurity and is recognized as the next evolution of preparing tomorrow’s cybersecurity workforce.
About PlayCyber by Katzcy®
Katzcy– the innovative team behind PlayCyber - is a social impact company committed to powering a highly skilled and diverse cyber workforce through play. We aim to provide a fun experience for players, fans and sponsors. We partner with organizations, nonprofits, and governments to hold games and contests that inspire while raising funds for important programs. We love to collaborate – and are platform and training agnostic. Learn more at playcyber.com.
About Hack The Box
Hack The Box is a global online training, upskilling and certification platform that allows individuals, businesses and universities to increase their offensive and defensive security skills in a gamified and engaging learning environment, supported by a growing community of more than 1.6 million platform members. For more information, visit www.hackthebox.com. For media inquiries contact: Sofia Vourlaki, [email protected].
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