Microsoft has opened entries for a national level college hacking contest called 'Build The Shield', in India. This is the third iedition of the event, which claims to provide students a "competitive hands-on hacking experience coupled with real-life scenarios." The contest is open to graduates or undergraduates pursuing major in Computer Science, Information Technology or Electronics and Communication Engineering. It will run in two stages namely- Qualifiers and National Finale. The contest will kick off with online qualifiers, further to which the winning teams will visit Microsoft Hyderabad campus for grand finale. Winning teams will compete against each other for the final challenge, get a chance to hear from security leaders on Microsoft’s idea of information security, get a tour of the Microsoft campus and indulge in some fun games.
Announcing the call for entries, Suvabrata Sinha, Director, Information Security Risk Management, Microsoft India, said, “We are excited to kick-start the 2016 edition of our ‘Build The shield’ contest. This unique platform is an effort by Microsoft to share its passion for building robust cyber security ecosystem. We view this contest as an opportunity to engage in a fun way with some of the best and brightest future security professionals on a topic which is crucial in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world where cyberattacks are rapidly growing and evolving in both scope and sophistication. The enthusiasm and response from students toward the contest have been overwhelming over the last two years, and we look forward to replicating that success this year, and beyond.”