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CSA Hackathon On! Launches Today at CSA Congress 2014

CSA Hackathon On! Launches Today at CSA Congress 2014

Blog Article Published: 09/18/2014

Today at 9 am PT, we officially kicked off our second Hackathon, where we are inviting the most determined of hackers to break CSA’s Software Defined Perimeter.

As background, the Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) is a new security concept being standardized by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). SDP combines time proven security concepts (such as need-to-know access) with new technologies (like Mutual TLS with DHE) into an integrated package. 

This new approach to security mitigates network-based attacks by dynamically creating perimeter networks anywhere in the world—including in a cloud, on the DMZ, and in the data center. SDP is designed for a wide range of applications from protecting Internet-facing web sites to enabling secure hybrid cloud networking.

For the purpose of this Hackathon, an SDP in one public cloud will be used to protect a high value file server in a different public cloud. And, since this challenge simulates an insider attack, participants will be provided with the IP addresses of the Target server as well as the SDP components protecting it.

The first participant to successfully capture the target information on the protected server will receive $10,000 in cold hard cash – and in the currency of their choice for those bitcoin fans! All participants will also be entered into a drawing to win $500.

The rules – well, that would be silly – hackers don’t play by the rules, now do they? There are none!

Spectators and hackers can use CSA's Twitter feed to monitor event progress and ask questions from anywhere in the world, anytime.

To get started, visit and scroll down to the Getting Started section for instructions.

What are you waiting for? Get Hacking!

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