School CTF competition on data protection will be held at TSU

TSU SiBears team has conducted School CTF (School Capture The Flag), an international online competition for high schoolers on protection of computer information, annually since 2010. Tomsk State University traditionally provides computer classes for the participants of the tournament.

- Interest in information security is growing every year, - says Dmitry Stephantsov, senior lecturer in information protection and cryptography at Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics. - At the time when we were students and began to participate in such competitions, as a rule about 30 teams submitted applications, now regularly between 500 and 1000 teams are in the tournament. We take into account that the competition is aimed mainly at high schoolers, so the task will not require special knowledge, except the ability to search for information on the web. Participants will be offered tasks from cryptography, programming and other areas of knowledge. To make them feel confident, we have consultations, where we show the tasks of previous years with analysis. 

The competition will be held on November 4 from 12.00 to 17.00 Tomsk time.
To take part you need to assemble a team of 1 to 7 people and sign up at We invite not only school teams. Ranking will be calculated separately by categories.

Computer classes are available for the first seven teams to send a letter to the contact person in the group or at

The SiBears team was created at the Department of Information Security and Cryptography of Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics in 2007. It is a permanent participant of Russian and international competitions and games for the protection of information, and it has had a lot of victories.  It won the first three places in Russia's largest student competitions RuCTF (2009, 2010 and 2011) and two second places (2012 and 2014), and participated in the finals of the largest professional competitions DEF CON CTF in 2012 in Las Vegas.