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Gamification for the Win - Josh Rykowski ?and Scott Hamilton (BSides Augusta 2016) (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Gamification for the Win
Josh Rykowski and Scott Hamilton

In this talk I discuss our trials and tribulations of developing a programming competition aimed at energizing our large population (over 600) and getting them excited about learning how to script and program. Our architecture brings something new to the programming completion arena: we provide a Linux virtual machine per competitor. This architecture allows us to develop programming problems focused on cyber defense. For instance, we can give the competitor a list of indicators and have them write a script to check their virtual machine for compromise. In addition to this we also provide a wide range of problems aimed at teaching a reinforcing basic scripting/programming concepts to ensure a broad range of appeal across our organization.

"Josh Rykowski is currently an Incident Response Team lead for the Cyber Protection Brigade at Fort Gordon where he focuses on developing a sharp team of incident response geeks. Previous to this position he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the United States Military Academy where he focused on instructing a foundational programming course in Python and mentoring cyber security senior design projects. Prior to that he was a member of the Multi-Robot Systems Lab at Rice University where he wrote an algorithm to help the r-one robot localize (both distance and direction) neighboring robots using only rough angular data. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a M.S. in Computer Science from Rice University. Scott Hamilton is a subject matter expert in many facets of the infosec domain. His current position is a Cyber Operations Technician in the Cyber Protection Brigade focusing on red teaming. He was one of the few selected to come directly to the unit due to his previous assignments in Special Operations units. His expertise derives from over a decade performing both offensive and defensive tactics both in the physical and digital realm. Finally, he spends a majority of his spare time giving back to the community by developing programming challenges and administering several servers in order for people around the globe to enhance their programming skills. "

@ryko212 @untimes_ninja

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