The international conference on practical cybersecurity OFFZONE 2018 which was organized and held by BI.ZONE in the Digital October Venue on November 15 and 16, and gathered more than 900 experts and researcher from 14 countries.
The participants discussed modern problems facing cybersecurity on two report tracks (Main Track, Fast Track), also, further issues were discussed in the 3 theme zones: representatives of the largest financial organizations covered the FINANCE.ZONE, experts in web-application security analysis contributed greatly to the WEB.ZONE and researchers of electronics and appliances gave their input at the HARDWARE.ZONE.
In the two days of the conference 52 speakers from Russia, Europe and Asia presented their latest reports. Among the speakers were representatives of prominent organizations such as ESET, Symantec, Positive Technologies. Experts from BI.ZONE itself provided their angle in several reports. Their speeches addressed the prospects of biometric technologies, financial service security and hardware attack threats.
Reports aside, the guests of OFFZONE 2018 were offered to test their skills in technological competitions and unique quests fashioned in the spirit of post-apocalypse with further activities curtesy of Kaspersky Labs, Qiwi and Wallarm.
One of the main events of the conference was the ethical hacking competition CTFZONE 2018. This was the third time BI.ZONE hosted this competition, starting 2016. Since then, more than 2000 teams from around the globe have competed for prize and honour. In 2018, the qualifying round saw over 1000 teams from 50 countries compete for their right to take part in the finals, but only the 10 best teams made it through. The honour was bestowed upon teams from Russia, Hungary, China, Poland, Ukraine and South Korea. The intense battle in the form of attack/defence involved the teams attacking the services of their opponents while at the same time protecting theirs. This event helped identify the three best teams who shared the grand total of $18 000 in winnings.