How to play a CTF

In this thrilling edition of the Exploring Information Security Podcast, I talk with David Coursey about how to play capture the flag (infosec-style).

David (@dacoursey) is one of the organizers of the Charleston ISSA chapter. At DerbyCon 2014 he experienced his first CTF. He had such a good time that he decided to put together the CTF for BSides Charleston two months later. Through those experiences he has learned a lot and has participated in many more CTFs this past year.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is a CTF event?
  • What is needed to get starter?
  • How to play a CTF?
  • How to win a CTF?
  • What makes for an excellent CTF