Trend Micro Nurtures Global Cybersecurity Talent Development

Global Capture the Flag provides real-world ethical hacking experience in the most critical areas for stopping attacks today

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 3 September 2019 – Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704),a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced its fifth annualCapture The Flag (CTF) competition. The Trend Micro CTF 2019 — Raimund GenesCup invites teams from around the world to test their skills in today’s mostcritical areas of security risk. This cornerstone event is one of many waysTrend Micro is working to equip cybersecurity talent in the workforce.

The annual global CTF helpsparticipants develop and hone their skills in today’s most critical areas ofneed, including forensics and exploitation, IoT, reverse engineering, opensource intelligence, mobile, and machine learning. Teams face challenges thatinvolve these key areas, providing real-world practice with critical scenarios.

“Without enough equipped professionalsacross the globe to actually implement security solutions for all businesses,then the attackers will win,” said Hernan Armbruster, senior vice president,Americas & Strategic Products for Trend Micro. “Growing talent across theboard is a necessity to help the world be safer for exchanging digitalinformation. As an industry leader, we strive to do our part to add strongpractitioners through this event along with many other global initiatives.”

This year’s Global CTF consists of two rounds, an online qualifier and the finals. Taking place on September 7-8(Japan time), the online qualifier will include Jeopardy style questions thatchallenge teams to solve various security problems quickly. The top 10 teamswill qualify for the finals, which will take place in Tokyo, Japan on November23-24. This year’s finals will utilize a new “Dynamic Value” Jeopardy format tofurther test the teams’ skills.

The winning team from the finalsreceives JPY1,000,000, which is about HKD $73,700. Additionally, each playerfrom the winning team receives 15,000 Zero Day Initiative Rewards Program points, which helps programsubmitters earn exclusive awards and benefits. The second and third place teamsreceive JPY300,000 and JPY200,000, which is nearly HK$22,000 and $14,000respectively.

“A lack of qualified professionals isthe most consistent security concern we hear from businesses,” said MarkLiggett, senior security analyst from Tulane University. “Trend Micro is one ofvery few global companies that is actively working to help change this.Equipping new professionals from all walks of life is key to helping morebusinesses effectively manage their security stack and mitigate the risk ofattack.”

Trend Micro hosts and supports morethan 50 similar competitions each year around the world, including the mainglobal event, including hosting 15 contests in collaboration with theOrganization of American States[1],which are specific to women across the Americas.

Additionally, the company recruits andtrains new cybersecurity professionals in five global centers around the world.In total, these centers will support the development of more than 2,500 newcybersecurity professionals by 2022.

To further grow diversity and skillsin the industry, Trend Micro is also a global partner with Girls in Tech toencourage security education among their network of female professionals.

To register ateam for the online qualifier, please visit:

About Trend Micro

TrendMicro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, helps to makethe world safe for exchanging digital information. Our innovative solutions forconsumers, businesses, and governments provide layered security for datacenters, cloud environments, networks, and endpoints. All our products worktogether to seamlessly share threat intelligence and provide a connected threatdefense with centralized visibility and control, enabling better, fasterprotection. With more than 6,000 employees in over 50 countries and the world’smost advanced global threat intelligence, Trend Micro enables organizations tosecure their journey to the cloud. Formore information, visit

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