CTF - sports hacking competition or team game, the main goal of which is to capture the "flag" of the opponent.
Participants are divided into teams and compete in various tasks. Their goals depend on the format of the competition. Traditional ones are based on the Attack-Defense principle: teams receive identical servers with a set of vulnerable services, to which the jury periodically sends private information-flags. The task of each team is to find vulnerabilities, fix them on their server and use them to get the flags of the opponents. Correct operation of your server and stolen information from your competitors ' servers gives participants the points they need to win.
The team representing the faculty of Secure Information Technologies and ITMO University at CTF computer security competitions gathered in 2008 and managed to win many prestigious nominations in the world of CTF competitions, currently being one of the leading in Russia and in the world. By participating in CTF, players acquire relevant skills in the field of practical information security. Participation and victory in CTF is an opportunity not only to improve your skills, but also to get recognition in the community of cybersecurity specialists, and the best offers from employers. Experienced players in the SPbCTF community regularly conduct training sessions to pass on their knowledge to newcomers and prepare them for competition.