Introducing Infosec Advent

Rendition Infosec is sponsoring a new contest this holiday season to up your infosec skills and make you think (at least a little) about infosec each day. We’re calling the challenge “Infosec Advent” and have set aside $1,000 in prizes to sweeten the pot for those who wish to participate.

In all honesty, it would have been way cooler if we could have launched this on December 1st like we planned. But unfortunately, attackers don’t schedule their attacks on our clients so this project got put on hold while we did some end-of-year incident response. We almost decided not to run it this year, but then realized that was dumb.  When it comes to this sort of thing does late really matter? After all, we’re talking about free infosec education and free money…

We’re releasing a series of hard and soft skill challenges between now and December 24th (the first 12 are posted now).  While we’ll admit that the initial set of challenges are relatively soft skill focused, we don’t think that’s a bad thing. Soft skill challenges are accessible to anyone, while hard skill challenges require more specific skills to perform.  That said, you can expect some PCAP, memory dumps, and a few other surprises before Christmas.

We have no idea how popular this will be (or if anyone will care) but we wanted to give back to the broader community and this seemed like a great way to do it.  We will posting the entries of the winners (and probably honorable mentions) so that everyone can learn throughout the holiday season.

If you want to play, hop on over to and register to play.