The recent partnership between the National Cyber Security Agency (NCSA) and Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. brought forth an innovative event titled “Thailand Cyber Top Talent 2023.” This groundbreaking cybersecurity competition saw local students, tech enthusiasts, and the general public vying for the ultimate prize, with cash awards totalling up to an impressive 521,000 THB on the line.
The primary objective of this contest was to stimulate interest and knowledge in the realm of cybersecurity, thereby equipping individuals to tackle growing online threats. By providing a platform for participants to develop their practical skills, the competition aimed to enhance the overall proficiency of Thailand’s citizens in this crucial digital domain. Furthermore, this competition served as the ticket for the winners to represent Thailand in the upcoming Cyber SEA Game. The contest commenced with an impressive turnout, with the first round on 16th September 2023, attracting 2,323 participants nationwide, forming 831 teams across three categories: high school, university level, and the general public.
As the competition heated up, the final round held on the 30th of September 2023 only had 30 teams remaining. This star-studded event, marked with suspense and thrill, took place at Centara Grand Central Plaza Ladprao, with prestigious guests like Minister of Digital Economy and Society Prasert Chantararuangthong underscoring the importance of the field.
Prasert Chantararuangthong underlined the growing significance of cybersecurity in our increasingly connected world, where online threats are a rising concern impacting both public and private sectors. He emphasized that authorities need to prioritize cybersecurity since threats could have far-reaching consequences when public infrastructures are targeted. He further shed light on the scams and online data compromise incidents in Thailand and recognized the increased number of participants in this year’s competition as an encouraging phenomenon.
Reflecting this sentiment, AVM. Amorn Chomchoey, Secretary General of National Cyber Security Agency, highlighted the global shortage of IT talents and reiterated the NCSA’s commitment to nurturing talent in this field and updating national cybersecurity standards. He highlighted the importance of public awareness about online threats and the agency’s determination to work with global partners like Huawei Technologies.
Delving into the event details, the final round was segregated into three categories – High school, University, and General public, with each team competing in the CTF Jeopardy under the banner “Attack the virtual World.” Participants were tasked with hunting for answers located on Host devices, Client devices, and ancillary devices, while mitigating the onslaught of cyberattacks, all in a bid to locate traces and clues from the compromised Hosts.
The event proved to be more than just a competition. It was an opportunity to learn from experts about the hacker’s mentality, how unauthorized apps can steal money, and password protection tips for safer online experiences. Several leading online security companies showcased their latest products, and insights from successful individuals in the field were shared. The competition’s outcome was eagerly awaited, with the official results to be announced on NCSA Thailand’s Facebook Page.