Security Compass Sponsors iHack Capture-the-Flag Contest on May 30th

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Security Compass will be hosting a remote capture-the-flag (iHack) contest at its Toronto headquarter for all ethical hackers and IT security pros.

On May 30, Security Compass, a leading web and mobile application security firm, is hosting a remote capture-the-flag hacking contest at its Toronto headquarters for all local area ethical hackers, IT security pros and technology aficionados who are interested in testing their skills against some of Canada’s top hackers.

The hacking contest, which runs from 6:00 pm ET May 30 to 2:00 am ET May 31 (location: Security Compass, 257 Adelaide Street West, Suite 500, Toronto ON, Canada, M5H 1X9) is the culmination of a three-day cybersecurity conference and training event in Quebec City known as iHack, which is organized by the founders of As lead sponsor and partner of the event, Security Compass is providing the only remote location for contestants to participate in the capture-the-flag contest.

“Hackfest is a great organization and we’re happy to bring this opportunity to Toronto’s hacking community,” said Nish Bhalla of Security Compass. “As an ethical hacking firm, we’re interested in doing all we can to support this community and further develop it as a professional field. iHack’s capture-the-flag is a good event for any local IT pros who want to test their skills, improve their knowledge and meet new people in the field.”

In the eight-hour capture-the-flag contest, contestants will be divided into four-person teams which will play the role of cybercriminal organizations trying to hack their way to fame and fortune. Each team will try to be the first to hack into several “companies” and steal their well-kept secrets, all the while evading network defenses and countermeasures. Breaking into these “companies” will involve a number of challenges, including knowing how to successfully use exploits, IP table bypasses and anti-forensics, as well as familiarity with multiple attack surfaces like web apps and WiFi.

Those interested should bring a laptop, power bar and UPS, a network switch and network cables. Since Toronto contestants will be participating remotely, they will not have access to certain challenges due to physical constraints.

For more information or to register for the hacking contest, visit:


Headquartered in Toronto, Security Compass is a leading information security firm specializing in web and mobile application security for Fortune 10s-500s, large financial institutions, energy firms, technology/software providers, media companies, retailers and other businesses. Security Compass guides teams in building customized security blueprints based the industry, software development lifecycle, and business needs to cost-effectively mitigate risks. Its secure application lifecycle management tool, SD Elements, was selected for Ovum's 2014 On the Radar report and recognized by Gartners 2014 Cool Vendors in Application and Endpoint Security report. Website:

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