Microsoft is back with its annual ‘Build The Shield’ contest, which is a national level college hacking contest, open to graduates or undergraduates pursuing major in Computer Science, Information Technology or Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE).
Microsoft is conducting this experiment for the third time. Last year more than 290 teams and 1000+ students participate in the online qualifiers stage. Of these, 50 teams were shortlisted for the national finale at Hyderabad, who battled for the top three positions.
The contest runs in two stages – Qualifiers and National Finale, and provides for a hacking experience where contestants divided in teams try to hack servers of opponents.
Announcing the call for entries, Suvabrata Sinha, Director, Information Security Risk Management, Microsoft India, said, “We are excited to kick-start the 2016 edition of our ‘Build The shield’ contest. This unique platform is an effort by Microsoft to share its passion for building robust cyber security ecosystem. We view this contest as an opportunity to engage in a fun way with some of the best and brightest future security professionals on a topic which is crucial in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world where cyberattacks are rapidly growing and evolving in both scope and sophistication. The enthusiasm and response from students toward the contest have been overwhelming over the last two years, and we look forward to replicating that success this year, and beyond.”
If you are a hacker and if you are interested, you can register yourself (Last date for registration is Jan 25, 2016). Qualifiers will be an online thing, and if you qualify for the finale, you will visit Microsoft Hyderabad headquarters. Winners of the grand finale receive pre-placement offers from Microsoft to pursue an exciting career with the company, along with other exciting prizes.