SDP Yet To Be Hacked; CSA Ups the Ante On Virtual Hackathon

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Feb 28, 2014 12:00 am PST

Winner Now To Receive Full Pass to BlackHat, in Addition to DEF CON

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) have announced that it has upped the ante, as no one has yet been able to hack the Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) network since the contest began on Monday.

For the virtual hackathon, registered participants from all over the world have been given the IP addresses of the target file server as well as the SDP components protecting them.  This in effect simulates an Œinsider attack ­ modeled after a real world environment ­ on both private cloud and public cloud infrastructure.

Participants also have access to a reference SDP system to learn how the system works to plan their attack.  The hackathon is built on a public cloud without any special protection except those provided by the Software Defined Perimeter.  It helps validate the concept that software components can provide as much protection against network attacks as physical systems.

The first participant to successfully capture the target information on the protected server will receive an expenses paid trip to both BlackHat and DEF CON ® 22 conference, including air and hotel, held in Las Vegas August 6-10, 2014.

We believe the SDP is a fundamental change in how we approach securing networks, and are encouraged that no one has been able to hack the prototype yet, said Bob Flores, judge of the event, former CTO of the CIA, and President & CEO at Applicology Incorporated. We want to challenge any interested party, anywhere in the world, to test the security of an SDP network.

The Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) Initiative is a CSA project aimed at developing an architecture for securing consumer devices, cloud infrastructure as well as the Internet of Things, using the cloud to create highly secure and trusted end-to-end networks between any IP addressable entities. Full contest rules and registration are available at

About the Cloud Security Alliance
The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Cloud Security Alliance is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders. For further information, visit us at, and follow us on Twitter @cloudsa.

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